There have been 22 UConn women’s basketball players named to the WBCA All-America team, thus earning them spots in the Huskies of Honor on the wall at Gampel Pavilion. In 1997 she was a member of the Gold medal USA Women's World University Games. During her time at UConn, her team compiled a record of 139 wins and 8 losses. Rebecca Lobo, Jennifer Rizzotti, Svetlana Abrosimova, Shea Ralph, Nykesha Sales, Kelly Schumacher, Swin Cash, Kara Wolters, Tamika Williams, Diana Taurasi, Asjha Jones, Sue Bird, Ann Strother, Barbara Turner, Jessica Moore, Ashley Battle, Ketia Swanier, Charde Houston, Tina Charles, Kalana Greene, Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore, Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, Napheesa Collier, and Katie Lou Samuelson are among the women's professional basketball players or WNBA draftees who attended UConn. In December Griner led #1 ranked Baylor against #2 UConn, scoring 25 points to go along with nine blocks. The loss ended the highly publicized winning streak, as well as their long held spot as the top ranked team in women's basketball which was taken over by Baylor. The Huskies of Honor is a program recognizing the most significant figures in UConn history, with plaques in Gampel Pavilion commemorating those inducted. Then, the non-FBS football playing members of the Big East (Georgetown, Villanova, Providence, DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall, St. John's), known colloquially as the "Catholic 7", left to form their own conference, taking the conference name with them. She finished her career at UConn with 1540 points with an average of 11.1 points per game. UConn women’s basketball will get an unexpected boost from one of its 2021 signees this season. She would go on to play for the gold medal winning World University Game Team in 1991. Auriemma found himself in a national debate following a decision he made during the 1997–98 season. The national championship game against Stanford was a completely different story. Sixteen UConn forward from 1987-1991 scoring 2,177 points, a record at the time, giving her an average of 18.1 points per game. Additionally, junior guard Caroline Doty would be out the entire season due to a third knee injury. The 2020–21 UConn Huskies women's basketball team represented the University of … In the NCAA tournament Final Four UConn met Notre Dame for the fourth time of the season, with the underdog Fighting Irish prevailing and ending UConn's bid for a third straight national championship. Maya Moore (2007-11): 3,036 points Breanna Stewart (2012-16): 2,676 points 5 in Steals (266). "[35], Taurasi received many personal accolades at UConn including the 2003 and 2004 Naismith College Player of the Year awards, the 2003 Wade Trophy, the 2003 Associated Press Women's College Basketball Player of the Year award, the 2003 USBWA Women's National Player of the Year award and the 2004 Best Female Athlete ESPY Award. She was a member of the 1995 team that won the championship. The official 2018-19 Women's Basketball Roster for the University of Connecticut Huskies Swin was a member of the inaugural class (2006) of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. Reserves. In addition to all players returning from the 2007 team, #1 ranked high school player Maya Moore joined the team after a bitter recruitment battle between UConn and Tennessee. 1 … Although the entire team returned and expectations were sky high for a "three-peat" in Taurasi's senior year, UConn had an uneven season. For the second consecutive year (and the sixth time in school history) UConn finished the regular season undefeated, with an average margin of victory of 35.9 points. In 2010, Moore led the team in scoring and steals en route to a 39–0 season, ending in the NCAA National Championship. In the final game UConn found itself in early trouble when Lobo was called for three personal fouls in 94 seconds in the first half, but in the second half the team was able to rally from a 9-point deficit and a key Rizzotti layup gave UConn the lead with less than 2 minutes to go, a lead that the team kept until the final score of 70–64 and their first national title. In his 34 years as head coach of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team, the Italian-born Luigi "Geno" Auriemma has inextricably linked his name with that of the team. She scored a total of 2178 points during her career at UConn. The Huskies can’t afford an off night from Bueckers at this point, which is a lot to ask. [68], National champion   [24], Many people weighed in on the decision on both national and local levels. With a perfect 35–0 record, UConn became only the fifth Division I women's basketball team to go undefeated en route to a national championship, and only the second in the NCAA era (since 1982). 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Diana played point guard from 2000-2004. She led the team to three consecutive NCAA championships. Played point guard from 1992-1996. The next game, with Bascom's blessing, and assistance from friend and Villanova head coach Harry Perretta, Auriemma arranged to have Sales, who was on crutches, score a basket and then allow Villanova to score a basket to start the game at 2–2. The UConn women’s team has had 38 players go into the WNBA with 14 of these players being selected as All-Stars and four players winning the WNBA MVP Award. [3], After losing the stellar trio of Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck, many predicted a sub-par season for UConn standards; the AP Poll ranked the team third in the nation, and coach Auriemma had designed a very tough non-conference calendar to test the strength of his young team. In front of a record-breaking crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, UConn defeated Oklahoma for the championship 82–70 to complete a perfect 39–0 season. In an early test, UConn squeaked by #2 Baylor in their second game of the season. [15], The 1994–95 UConn team was widely credited with increasing interest in women's basketball. Those tournament victories were largely credited to senior Charde Houston, a top recruit out of San Diego viewed as not living up to expectations from Geno Auriemma and the UConn fans up to that point, who came up with key rebounds and clutch points in those games. She was also named to the 1996-97 and 1997-98 Kodak All-America teams. Including these final tournament games, Bascom had set a new UConn scoring record with 2,177 points during her years at the school.[11].       Division regular season and conference tournament champion Notre Dame, led by junior star Skylar Diggins, beat the Huskies twice in the regular season, but UConn was able to reverse the roles in the Big East Tournament Championship Game; the win was the school's 15th conference title, as well as the 800th career win for coach Geno Auriemma. Senior Nykesha Sales suffered a season-ending injury in one of the final games of the regular season. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. She was the first Husky to be recognized in the "Huskies of Honor" while still playing in a Husky uniform. The 66–61 loss was UConn's first of the season, but not its last. She also helped lead UConn to an undefeated 39-0 season in 2002. In 2009, Charles led the Huskies to a national title as a junior. Their 89th win came at home against #20 Florida State to set the college basketball record for most consecutive wins, previously held by the UCLA men's team. Geno Auriemma seemed to find the right pieces with a freshman class that included Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Brianna Banks and Kiah Stokes. The stage appeared set for a rematch with Mississippi State in the championship game, but historic rival Notre Dame beat UConn in the semifinal with another overtime last second shot by Arike Ogunbowale. During the game there was a scuffle involving Tennessee's Semeka Randall and Connecticut's Svetlana Abrosimova where Randall threw the ball down, hitting Abrosimova's head. UConn advanced to the Final Four and outscored rival Tennessee in the semifinals by 23 points. During her time at UConn she scored a total of 2,133 points for an average of 16.9 points per game. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. There have been 22 UConn women’s basketball players named to the WBCA All-America team, thus earning them spots in the Huskies of Honor on the wall at Gampel Pavilion.       Postseason invitational champion   UConn became the first team to win a championship without a senior on their roster.[33][34]. At the same time, the Huskies announced that the #34 worn by Ray Allen, a 2018 Naismith Hall inductee, would be retired by UConn men's basketball, with ceremonies held during the season's final men's home game on March 3, 2019. 1988-89 UConn Huskies Roster and Stats. Two key rivals were the usual conference foe Notre Dame and the new rival Baylor, who had the nation's top player in Brittney Griner. When she wasn't coaching, she taught physical education at a junior high school in Manchester.[73]. Rebecca Lobo was part of the 1997 inaugural draft, with the top players allocated to founding teams without any particular order; similarly Nykesha Sales was part of the 1998 WNBA expansion players allocation. 1 team in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll after blowing out its two opponents last week.       Conference tournament champion, UConn played in the Big East Conference since the 1982–83 season, the first to hold a women's basketball tournament; they won 18 tournaments in 31 years. The following table shows the UConn players recipients of the major individual awards in women's college basketball. The trio of Stewart-Jefferson-Tuck ended its college career with a 151–5 record, the most victories for college basketball players; they are the only 4-time winners in college basketball history (freshmen were not eligible to play during UCLA men's streak). On February 13, 2010, Charles became the 12th UConn Women's basketball player to be recognized in the Huskies of Honor and was the 2nd player to be honored while still a player. In 1993–94, UConn had its most successful season to that point;[12] led by Lobo and teammates Jamelle Elliott, Jennifer Rizzotti, Pam Webber, Kara Wolters and Carla Berube, UConn won 30 games for the first time in program history, winning the Big East tournament and regular-season titles. While other #1 seeds Notre Dame, South Carolina and Baylor suffered early upsets in the NCAA Tournament, UConn easily advanced to the Final Four where they defeated Oregon State 80–51 and then old Big East rival Syracuse 82–51 in the Championship Game. The official 2020-21 Women's Basketball Roster for the University of Connecticut Huskies Lobo helped UConn to its first national championship with an undefeated season in 1995. She tallied double-figure points in 29 games, including four 20-point plus scoring efforts. This season also saw the birth of one of the greatest rivalries in college sports, the UConn-Tennessee rivalry, that began when the two teams met for the first time on Martin Luther King Day at Gampel Pavilion. [6] The Huskies also own the longest winning streak in regular-season games in college history; after an overtime loss to Stanford on November 17, 2014, they won their next 126 regular-season games until a 68–57 loss to Baylor on January 3, 2019.[7]. With no seniors on the roster, 2003 was supposed to be a rebuilding year for UConn, but as the year progressed it became clear that Taurasi was up to the challenge of carrying a group of young players to the championship. She was also named the 2000 Naismith and Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year. Arkansas has added perennial powerhouse UConn to its women’s basketball schedule. During her freshman season, Moore averaged a team-high 17.8 points per game, and hit 42% of her three point shots. Taken together during the three years 2005–2007, UConn never made a Final Four, something that had become almost routine (17 final fours in 22 years from 1995 to 2016). Montgomery reached double figure points in all but four games her senior season, and led the Huskies to a 39–0 season and her first and only National Championship. Together with sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson and junior Kia Nurse, the only returning starters, the duo of sophomore Napheesa Collier and junior Gabby Williams quickly rose to national attention; even senior Saniya Chong, who had played few minutes in her first three seasons, showed great improvements, leading the nation in assists-to-turnovers ratio. UConn has also been one of the leaders in women's basketball attendance; the team plays its home games at both the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs and the XL Center in Hartford. The UConn women’s team has had 38 players go into the WNBA with 14 of these players being selected as All-Stars and four players winning the WNBA MVP Award. Needless to say, we left a lot of other notable names out of this starting 5, but … The team was unstoppable all season long, beating every opponent by an average of 39.7 points, and easily winning conference regular season and tournament. [39], In the 2006–07 season, the team improved with the additions of Renee Montgomery, Mel Thomas, Ketia Swanier, and the #1 ranked high school player Tina Charles, helping UConn emerge as a contender again. [2], The Huskies have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 31 times, every year since their first appearance in 1989. High school All-Americans Swin Cash, Tamika Williams, Sue Bird, Asjha Jones, and Keirsten Walters were dubbed "TASSK Force" by Connecticut fans, using the players' initials. Taurasi was the third basketball player to receive this final honor, after former UConn star Rebecca Lobo and Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw. The official Women's Basketball page for the University of Connecticut Huskies The win was even more special as the UConn men's basketball team won the men's national championship the previous night, marking the first time one University won both the men's and women's basketball championships in one season, a feat UConn repeated in 2014. Auriemma's training skills had an immediate impact and the team showed steady signs of progress: after going 12–15 in his first season in 1985–86, Auriemma led UConn to winning seasons in 1986–87 and 1987–88. She was named Final Four MOP and one of the 10 players on the State Farm All-America team during Final Four weekend. With every major player back from 1994, and the addition of Auriemma's most highly ranked recruit to date (Connecticut Player of the Year Nykesha Sales), UConn was in for a season to remember in 1994–95. Wolters played from 1993-1997. UConn women's basketball has won a record 11 national championships, including back-to-back titles in 2009-10, a three-peat from 2002-04 and four in a row from 2013-16. Prior to that final championship, her coach, Geno Auriemma, predicted his team's likelihood of winning with the statement, "We have Diana, and you don't. The team beat every opponent by at least 10 points and easily reached the NCAA tournament finals, where they met unbeaten Notre Dame, making it the first matchup of two undefeated teams in the championship game. The No. The Huskies also became the first unbeaten team in NCAA history (all divisions, men or women) to win 35 games in a season. The Huskies placed seven of their 11 national championship teams in the bracket, spread out from a No. Ms. Balthaser continued to expand the program, leading UConn to its first winning season in her first year as coach, and finishing with a 52–88 record over five seasons. 1 in games played (150), No. The Huskies advanced to their 10th Final Four with an 83–64 victory over Arizona State, and then to the 6th NCAA Championship Game in program history by defeating Stanford, also by the score of 83–64. Her sophomore season she started in all 36 games. She was the first freshman, male or female, to be named the Big East Player of the Year. She went on to play in the WNBA from 1999-2003. [9], Auriemma pulled off one of his biggest and most important early recruiting successes in 1987 when he convinced an All American from New Hampshire, Kerry Bascom, to come to UConn. She was named the 1996 Associated Press Player of the Year. Rebecca Lobo was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. Geno Auriemma is now the only coach in college basketball to have won 11 titles, passing UCLA legend John Wooden (who has 10) and reaching former NBA coach Phil Jackson. Sales was a member of the inaugural class (2006) of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. Diana was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. A member of the team from 1994-98. UConn was a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but eventually lost to LSU in the regional final to end the season with a 32–4 record. They won their 17th Big East Regular Season title and their 15th Big East Tournament title beating the Louisville Cardinals. Media in category "Connecticut Huskies women's basketball players" The following 33 files are in this category, out of 33 total. They marched through the Big East tournament, including their 3rd victory of the year over Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament Championship Game. They have taken part in every NCAA Tournament since 1989; as of the end of the 2018–19 season, this is the third-longest active streak in Division I. Bascom is the first UConn player to be named to a national All America team. As the season progressed, however, the team quickly found its rhythm, beating ranked teams like Baylor, Notre Dame and Maryland, and showcasing a talented core of young players. UConn started the game with its worst first half in school history by scoring only 12 points; only 11 teams in tournament history have been held to 12 points or less in the first half: three of them were against UConn teams, and two of them (Southern and Temple) just days earlier in the 2010 Tournament. UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma said Monday that he thinks the vast majority of college basketball players do not want the season shut down because of COVID-19 concerns, and also responded to Baylor coach Kim Mulkey's comments Saturday about the NCAA being driven by "the almighty dollar." After beating Minnesota in the semifinals, UConn again defeated Tennessee for the national championship. UConn has featured a great number of star players, All-Americans, Hall of Famers and recipients of individual trophies. Shortly after Moore's commitment to UConn, Tennessee announced they were cancelling the annual series with UConn, thus ending one of the biggest rivalries in the sport. [61] In 2003 she was awarded the Nancy Lieberman Award, Wade Trophy, Naismith College Player of the Year, NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player and the Honda Sports Award. UConn's season ended with a 61–55 loss to top-seeded Virginia in the national semifinals at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. 6 in career points (1,990), No. Connecticut defeated Maryland 81–58, while Notre Dame narrowly beat South Carolina, 66–65, in the semifinals. Rallying from a 14-point deficit in the NCAA regional final they beat conference rival Rutgers and advanced to their first Final Four since Taurasi graduated. We attempt to identify the players whose performances will be crucial to their teams' success over the next several months. After just one winning season in 10 years under coaches Sandra Hamm (1974–75), Wanda Flora (1975–80) and Jean Balthaser (1980–85), UConn hired as their new head coach the Italian-born Geno Auriemma, who had served as assistant coach at Virginia, with the goal of revitalizing the program. After a brief stint at a small college in Pennsylvania, she applied for the job at UConn, starting in 1975 and leading the team to a 38–66 record in five seasons.       Conference regular season champion   The remaining teams of the former Big East (Connecticut and Cincinnati) joined the new American Athletic Conference (The American or AAC), thus ending the UConn–Notre Dame rivalry in conference tournaments. Rizzotti was a member of the Jones Cup team representing the USA in 1996. [79] UConn's announcement did not make it clear whether both numbers would be retired across both men's and women's programs, but a university spokesperson clarified that the retirements applied only to the teams that Lobo and Allen competed for, meaning that #50 remains available in men's basketball and #34 in women's.[80]. Tennessee avenged itself in the Final Four that year in Charlotte, defeating UConn 88–83 in overtime; the game is often thought to be one of the more memorable tournament games in tournament history with many back and forth swings of momentum. [31], With the TASS force graduated, Diana Taurasi had to carry most of the load in her junior season, with help from returning teammates Maria Conlon, Jessica Moore and Ashley Battle and a top-ranked recruiting class of Ann Strother, Barbara Turner, Willnet Crockett and Nicole Wolff. In 1989 she helped lead Connecticut to its first ever Big East regular season championship, first Big East Tournament championship and first NCAA tournament appearance. 9 in FT's (330), No. First Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame defected to the Atlantic Coast Conference, with Louisville announcing later they would follow in 2014. She continued on to play in the WNBA from 1999 until she retired in 2004. The first regular season game, a 2-point win against #12 Florida State, seemed to confirm the expectations, with coach Auriemma predicting "a good beat" ahead. 24 . More than 100 colleges recruited Lobo, but she chose UConn and played there from 1991-1995.       Conference regular season and conference tournament champion She’ll also be the first member of the class to wear a Huskies uniform. The only close game the Huskies played all year long was a win at Virginia Tech. In the 2002 WNBA Draft, the four UConn players tabbed "TASS Force" (Tamika Williams, Asjha Jones, Sue Bird and Swin Cash) were all first round selections, each of them having immediate impacts with their 2002 WNBA Teams. She scored her 2,000th point as a junior. "[26] The 1998–99 season ended in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament, where UConn lost 64–58 to Iowa State, falling short of reaching the Final Four for the third consecutive time. The 2019–20 UConn Huskies women's basketball team represented the University of … The 2011–12 season would inevitably be a new era after Maya Moore's graduation. [32], In the NCAA Tournament UConn easily advanced to the Final Four at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Here the team upset heavily favored ACC power North Carolina State in the Sweet 16, and then defeated Clemson 60–57 to advance to their first-ever Final Four, also a first for any Big East school. They completed a seven-season tenure in the American Athletic Conference in 2019–20, and joined the Big East Conference for the 2020-21 season. [70] From 2013–14 to 2019–20 season UConn played in the American Athletic Conference, where they went unbeaten both in regular season and conference tournament games, with a perfect 139–0 record and 7 conference tournaments. The team won the Team of the Year Award at the ESPN ESPY awards that year, and Lobo became a popular symbol of the sport. She led UConn to the Final Four, but in the national semifinals against Notre Dame in St. Louis, Taurasi had a poor shooting game, and despite UConn having attained a 16-point lead at one point, the team lost. Rizzotti won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award during the 1995-96 basketball season. [10], In Auriemma's 6th season (1990–91) the program broke through on the national scene, again capturing the Big East regular season and Tournament titles, and earning a #3 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, its highest seed up to then. ... UConn … Jan 29, 2017 - Explore Abigail Ahrens's board "(UConn huskies women's basketball team)" on Pinterest. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. She was selected second overall in the 2002 WNBA draft. [30] The championship game that year shattered ratings for ESPN and at the time was the highest rated college basketball game to air on the network, men's or women's. Throughout the regular season and the Big East Tournament, UConn's closest win was against Stanford, by 12 points. She was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. They dominated the Big East Tournament, winning the championship game 60–32. [14] UConn blew out Stanford in the semifinals behind Wolters' 31 points, reaching the championship game for a rematch against Tennessee. Charles was drafted to the WNBA number one overall in 2010. The 2012–13 season began with high hopes having UConn landed three highly ranked recruits: #1 overall Breanna Stewart from Cicero – North Syracuse High School, forward Morgan Tuck and guard Moriah Jefferson. 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