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BREAKING: Kentucky star Rhyne Howard suspended for two games

Rhyne Howard, a junior for the Kentucky Wildcats, has been suspended two games for “not upholding the standards of the program.”

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Rhyne Howard averaged 23.4 points last season.
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Rhyne Howard, who has been pegged as the best player in the country entering the 2020-21 NCAAW season, has been suspended two games “for not upholding the standards of the (Kentucky women’s basketball) program,” Kentucky interim head coach Kyra Elzy announced on Wednesday.

Howard averaged 23.4 points per game last season and was a First Team USBWA and AP All-American. Her Wildcats are the No. 11 team in the country. With her star power, they are expected to compete with the best teams in the nation.

Kentucky faces Murray State in its first game of the season on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. On Sunday, the the Wildcats play Belmont.

Howard’s senior teammate Tatyana Wyatt — suspended three games for “violation of team rules” — started 20 games for Kentucky last season and averaged 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. She will miss the Wildcats’ third game, versus Power 6 program Kansas State on Dec. 3.

Elzy was recently promoted to interim head coach of the Wildcats after Matthew Mitchell retired.