BREAKING: Kentucky star Rhyne Howard suspended for two games

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

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 head coach Kyra Elzy announced on Wednesday.

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

The Wildcats are facing Murray State today at 1 p.m. and Belmont on Sunday at 4 p.m in their first two games of the season.

Howard’s senior teammate Tatyana Wyatt, who was suspended for 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, which is against a Power 6 program in Kansas State on Dec. 3.

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