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Kentucky's Rhyne Howard out with broken finger on non-shooting hand

Kentucky guard Rhyne Howard, the Wildcats' top scorer, is expected to be out until at least mid-February after fracturing a finger on her left (non-shooting) hand.

The sophomore guard, who leads the SEC with 23.2 points per game, was injured in Kentucky's victory over Auburn on Monday.

Howard missed the No. 13 Wildcats' 62-47 win over Missouri on Thursday night in Columbia, Missouri -- the first game she has missed this season.

She entered Thursday third in Division I in scoring, and the top scorer from a Power 5 conference.

Howard's injury means the top two scorers in the SEC are currently sidelined. Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter (21.9) has missed the Aggies' past five games with an ankle injury.

Kentucky is 17-3 overall and 6-2 in the SEC.

The Wildcats have their biggest SEC matchups still coming -- vs. No. 9 Mississippi State on Feb. 16 and No. 1 South Carolina on Feb. 23 -- so Howard might be back for those games.

Howard was the national freshman of the year last season, when she averaged 16.4 points.