Kentucky celebrates Rhyne Howard Day Sunday at Memorial Coliseum
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Big Blue Nation Bat-Signal officially lights up the skies in Lexington as University of Kentucky women’s basketball awaits a momentous day Sunday at the Memorial Coliseum. The program hosts Rhyne Howard Day, honoring one of the best players in school history and looking to finish the regular season on a six-game winning streak as they host Auburn at 4 p.m. ET.
All fans in attendance will receive a special edition Rhyne Howard paper wreath and commemorative poster at the entrance. Single game tickets are $10 (all ages) in restricted areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (6-18) and seniors (65 years and older). Children 5 and under do not need a ticket in general admission areas. Tickets are available for purchase at UKathletics.com/tickets. To find out more about mobile tickets, visit UKathletics.com/mobiletickets.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on SEC Network with Paul Sunderland and Mike Thibault on the call. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network (6.30am in Lexington). Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
Regardless of their vaccination status, all guests will be required to wear a mask when visiting Memorial Coliseum. Fans will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter, but face coverings – covering the nose and mouth – are required for all fans when watching the game from their seats and entering, exiting and moving around in the Memorial Coliseum. Children 2 and under will not be required to wear a mask. If spectators cannot wear a mask, they are encouraged not to attend in person for their health and that of others.
Memorial Coliseum doors will open one hour before tipping. All bags must comply with the UK Athletics Clear Bag Policy. All bags and items will be searched. To avoid additional touchpoints, fans are strongly encouraged not to bring unnecessary bags to the Memorial Coliseum. Read more about UK Athletics’ clear bag policy here.
Game parking is available starting three hours before tipping at the majority of surface lots surrounding the Memorial Coliseum, including the High Street lot, the East Maxwell lot, the Joe Craft Center lot, the College View lot, the Alumni Center field and the Career Center field. The Cornerstone Garage and Parking Structure 2 open two hours before tipping. The Gatton Student Center Lot is chargeable while all other parking options are free. The JCC lot is primarily used for disabled/handicapped parking. No shuttle is offered from any lot this season.
One of the best players to ever wear the blue and white, Howard would finish her career in the top 10 in nearly every statistical category recognized by Kentucky, including second scoring and 3-point shooting. Rhyne scored more than 2,150 points in her career to become the second all-time leading scorer in school history – male and female. She was only the third male or female player in program history to score 2,000 career points in 100 or fewer games. Howard is a two-time consensus first-team All-American, two-time SEC Player of the Year, was a finalist for all major national players of the year the past two seasons and was the national rookie unanimous of the year in 2019.
This season, Howard leads Kentucky in points, rebounds, 3-pointers, steals and blocks, while second on the team in assists. The Cleveland, Tennessee native is averaging 19.9 points per game with 8.0 rebounds per game. Howard has scored 10 or more points in 12 of the last 13 games, including eight double-doubles during that streak.
Junior red shirt Dre’una Edwards is averaging 16.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Edwards has scored 20 or more points in four of the past five games, including a career-high 30 points against Mizzou with 10 rebounds and two blocks. Edwards has had three double-doubles in his last four games and has scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games. The United Kingdom is 8-0 this season as Kentucky has scored 20 or more points. First year guard Jada Walker is averaging 10.2 points per game this season, while the senior guard Robyn Benton is averaging 8.9 points per game.
Sunday will be the 52nd all-time meeting between Kentucky and Auburn in women’s basketball with the Tigers leading the all-time series in games played, 26-25. Kentucky leads the series in games played at Lexington, 11-10. The Wildcats have won 14 of the last 15 meetings, including the last eight at Lexington. UK’s last loss to the Tigers came at Auburn when UA beat the UK 66-61 on January 3, 2016. Auburn’s last win at Lexington against the Wildcats came on January 19, 2006 at the Rupp Arena, 71-51. The United Kingdom’s last defeat against Auburn at the Memorial Coliseum was on February 5, 2004, 71-54.
Kentucky is 34-12 all-time in the regular season home finals (not including 1974-75 season). The Cats have won 14 of their last 18 games on “Senior Day.”
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