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Howard's 43 Points Lead UK to 81-71 Win Over Alabama

Rhyne Howard (UK Athletics Photo by Elliott Hess)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Rhyne Howard tied the Kentucky women's record with 43 points as the 14th-ranked Wildcats beat Alabama 81-71 on Thursday night at Coleman Coliseum.

Howard tied the school record of Jennifer O'Neill, who scored 43 points against Baylor on December 6, 2013.

This night belonged to the sophomore from Cleveland, Tennessee. She played 39 minutes, making 14 of 21 from the floor, including seven of 11 from behind the arc. The seven three-pointers tied her own school record as well. Howard also made eight of 13 at the line. For good measure, she led the team with six rebounds.

Howard became the first player in UK history to record five straight games with at least 25 points. She also became the first player since Makayla Epps in 2017 to have back-to-back 30-point games.

Kentucky also got 11 points from Sabrina Haines and 10 from Amanda Paschal. Former Harlan County High School star Blair Green, who started for the first time as a Wildcat, added seven points and had 5 assists in 28 minutes of action.

As a team, Kentucky hit 16 of 31 from behind the arc, setting a school record for most threes made in a game. The previous record was 14, set on January 8, 2012 against Mississippi State.

Kentucky (13-2) returns to action on Sunday, visiting Gainesville to take on Florida. Tipoff is set for noon ET and the game can be seen on SEC Network Plus.

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