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Kentucky legends Leah Edmond, Rhyne Howard reunite in Atlanta

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Just days after the Atlanta Dream wished Leah Edmond and the Atlanta Vibe good luck in the Pro Volleyball Federation semifinals, Edmond showed her support for fellow UK legend Rhyne Howard.

Howard, who plays for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, overcame the Dallas Wings on Tuesday, May 21, 83-71. In her showing, the former Kentucky guard finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists — her first double-double of the young season.

Before the game on Tuesday, Edmond and Howard made sure to swap jerseys and take a quick photo. Along with that, the pair autographed their own jerseys to hand off to their counterpart. The Atlanta Dream posted a video of the interaction with the caption “MVP energy!” solidifying the fact that the pair’s legacy isn’t just apparent for Kentucky fans, everyone else can see it too.

As a Wildcat, Howard averaged 20.1 points per game across four seasons from 2018-2022. The former guard added 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Her legacy, though, comes from more than just numerical stats. While Howard scored 2,290 points in her career (putting her second in UK history), the Tennessee native was SEC Player of the Week six times. Along with an extremely impressive roster of awards, the guard was selected No. 1 overall in the WNBA Draft, becoming Kentucky Women’s Basketball’s first-ever top selection.

As for Edmond, the outside hitter played for the ‘Cats from 2016-2019. With 1,978 career kills, she earned herself the title of Kentucky’s all-time kills record holder. On top of that, Edmond led her team to three consecutive SEC Championships. Before going pro in the U.S., Edmond played for Valencianas de Juncos (Puerto Rico) and Athletes Unlimited from 2021-2023. Now, Edmond makes her mark in Atlanta for the PVF’s Vibe.

It’s good to see that Big Blue Blood never runs dry, especially for two of the best female athletes to ever grace the floor at Memorial Coliseum. While the Vibe’s 2024 season ended last week, the Dream’s season is just getting started. It’s very likely we’ll see more from the pair in the coming weeks.

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