Speaking of generational talent, Rhyne Howard has already proven to be just as good in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) as her college career suggested she would be.
Howard hit another career high on Sunday, recording 33 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the Atlanta Dream’s win over the Indiana Fever.
To put Howard’s early WNBA stats into context, on Sunday she became one of only six players in WNBA history to score 30 or more points within their first four games.
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She joins Candace Parker, Yolanda Griffith, Sabrina Ionescu, Danielle Adams, Cappie Pondexter, and Kia Nurse.
Howard’s 83 points through four games also put her in elite company: Pondexter, Nikki McCray, Ruthie Bolton, Seimone Augustus, and Diana Taurasi are the only other players with that many accumulated tallies in that period.
Her 17 points in the first quarter of Sunday’s game are the most by a rookie in league history, the second-most by any player in Dream history, and the third-most by any WNBA player.
Just as important as Howard’s individual success, the Dream are winning games.
The team is now 3-1 after a hot 2-0 start to the season, their best since 2017.
The 2022 WNBA draft class is already making a strong impression, and No. 1 pick Howard is leading the way.
If she continues on her current trajectory, she could have one of the most impressive rookie seasons the league has seen in some time.
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I am a huge advocate of Women’s football after covering the Nigeria Women Football Leagues (NWFL) since 2019 which earned me the award as the Journalist of the Season. An unbiased football writer with penchant for women’s in sports and historical analysis.