With Shea Ralph and senior Nykesha Sales out for the entire season, freshman Svetlana Abrosimova led a young UConn team to the NCAA Tournament Regional Final where they eventually lost to North Carolina State 60–52. 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. Some of its highly touted recruits did not play up to expectations while others suffered injuries. UConn had modest success in Lobo's first 2 seasons, losing early in the NCAA Tournament in both seasons. Their combined record is 120–19; they have been to 20 Final Fours and are 11-time National Champions (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). In 2009, Charles led the Huskies to a national title as a junior. 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. 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. Charles, who won the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith College Player of the Year awards, was chosen first overall in the WNBA draft days later.. She was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. 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. UConn was found to have committed a secondary violation (involving a tour of the ESPN campus) and no punishment was handed out.. Division regular season and conference tournament champion 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. Two of the seasons (2001–02 and 2008–09) resulted in perfect 39–0 records. 1 in the preseason polls, having returned 10 players from the 2008 Final Four team (including All-Americans Maya Moore, Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles), in addition to Kalana Greene who recovered from her knee injury. 1 in games played (150), No. 1 … 6 in career points (1,990), No. The No. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. See more ideas about uconn, womens basketball, uconn huskies. After another strong performance from junior guard Christyn Williams, the UConn women’s basketball team took an easy 83-32 win over Xavier in Cincinnati. Maya Moore was also a brilliant college student: she graduated with a 3.7 GPA, earning the Elite 88 Award, and was named Cosida Academic All-America First-Team in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Cosida Academic All-America of the Year in 2010 and 2011 (1st player to ever repeat) and All-sports Academic All-America of the Year in 2011. " 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. First Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame defected to the Atlantic Coast Conference, with Louisville announcing later they would follow in 2014. The best women’s college basketball team ever is from Connecticut. 3 in Assists (632), and No. 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. Moore played at UConn from 2007-2011. Motivated by the previous disappointing season, UConn came back in 1999–2000 with the clear goal of reaching the championship level again. Maya Moore (2007-11): 3,036 points Breanna Stewart (2012-16): 2,676 points She’ll also be the first member of the class to wear a Huskies uniform. UConn junior forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa, 2020-2021 women's basketball season. In 2010, Moore led the team in scoring and steals en route to a 39–0 season, ending in the NCAA National Championship. , In 2015 UConn landed another top recruit in #1 High School prospect Katie Lou Samuelson; she quickly earned a spot in the starting five alongside sophomore Kia Nurse and seniors Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck. During the regular season UConn played 11 games against ranked opponents (including 6 in the top ten) with an average margin of victory of 24. Stanford itself only managed to score 20 points in the first half. 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. She leads the team in scoring (21.1), assists (5.8) and steals (2.3), and ranks first in the country in 3-point shooting (55.8%). 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. The only close game the Huskies played all year long was a win at Virginia Tech. She played in the WNBA from 1997-2003. The UConn Huskies have returned to a familiar place in the national rankings, climbing to No. Led by upperclassmen Shea Ralph, Kelly Schumacher, Svetlana Abrosimova and the TASS Force (the K was dropped when Keirsten Walters had to give up basketball due to knee problems), UConn went through the regular season with a 27–1 record, their only loss being a single-point defeat to Tennessee at home—UConn had beaten Tennessee earlier in the season in Knoxville, and this was the first year the teams met twice. She finished her career at UConn with 1540 points with an average of 11.1 points per game. She finished her career as Connecticut’s all-time leading rebounder (1286) and shot blocker (396). In 2010 Lobo became the first Connecticut player inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, among a class of six inductees, followed by teammate Jennifer Rizzotti in the class of 2013.. Auriemma signed his best recruiting class to date in 1998 when he signed five top-15 nationally ranked players. And on the back of some stellar defense, as well as some offensive firepower from new and old faces, the Huskies (18-1, 15-0 Big East) are leaving Cincinnati with a convincing 83-32 victory. More than 100 colleges recruited Lobo, but she chose UConn and played there from 1991-1995. As with the 2000 champions, who had also come off a disappointing loss the year before, UConn returned hungrier than ever in 2001–02. On March 1, 2010, during a game against Notre Dame, Charles broke two UConn records on the same night. The banners strung from the rafters atop Amalie Arena listing the women's champions since 2000 speak of dominance: UConn in 2000, from 2002-04, in 2009 and 2010, from 2013-16. "Talking to coaches around the country. She would go on to play for the gold medal winning World University Game Team in 1991. Stewart finished with 2,676 points (2nd Husky ever), 1,179 rebounds (4th Husky ever), 426 assists and 414 blocked shots (1st Husky ever), and was a #1 pick in 2016 WNBA draft. She was named Final Four MOP and one of the 10 players on the State Farm All-America team during Final Four weekend. UConn women’s basketball will get an unexpected boost from one of its 2021 signees this season.  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. 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. Including these final tournament games, Bascom had set a new UConn scoring record with 2,177 points during her years at the school..  In his astonishing career Auriemma has won more than 25 different national Coach of the Year awards and was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. During her tenure, shooting guard Karen Mullins was the first UConn woman to receive a basketball scholarship; that number had increased to 12 by 1980. 1 in the polls for the first time in program history. The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has become a dynasty in women’s Division I 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). Throughout the regular season and the Big East Tournament, UConn's closest win was against Stanford, by 12 points.  Despite losing Delle Donne the Huskies were ranked No.  The second streak counts 90 consecutive wins, including two undefeated seasons (2008–09 and 2009–10), and was delimited by two losses against Stanford, the first on April 6, 2008 in the National Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, and the second – three seasons later – on December 19, 2010. Junior year, Montgomery was selected as an All-Big East First Team choice for the second consecutive season.  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.. STORRS — The UConn women’s basketball team knows that it needs to focus on the remaining conference games, but with postseason play … UConn became the first team to win a championship without a senior on their roster.. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on ESPN2.  Sale joined the WNBA in 1998. In 1993–94, UConn had its most successful season to that point; 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. Relative to their high standards, UConn struggled during the first two years following Taurasi's graduation in 2004. 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. 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. Diana played point guard from 2000-2004.  In the National semifinals played at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa UConn lost to Stanford, ending its season with a 36–2 record. 6 in FG's (703), No. The following table shows the UConn players recipients of the major individual awards in women's college basketball. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. 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. The official 2020-21 Women's Basketball Roster for the University of Connecticut Huskies , In the 2016 WNBA Draft UConn performed even better, with the three seniors Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck sweeping the first three picks for the first time in the history of any major sport.. 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. With their eleventh championship win in 2016, the UConn Huskies have tied the UCLA Bruins men's team for most college basketball championships, and became the first Division I women's basketball team to win four straight national championships. She helped the team to a 9–0 record, and the gold medal. Team and Opponent Stats Table; Entity G MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS; Team: 31: 27.3: ... College Basketball Scores. They won their 17th Big East Regular Season title and their 15th Big East Tournament title beating the Louisville Cardinals. Needless to say, we left a lot of other notable names out of this starting 5, but … Rizzotti was a member of the Jones Cup team representing the USA in 1996. , After three down years by UConn standards, the team emerged as a heavy contender for the championship in the 2008 season. The Huskies lost their top two starters from last season’s American Athletic Conference championship squad. She won the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship with the UConn Huskies in 2000 and 2002. Lobo was awarded the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup for 1994-95. UConn also signed a landmark deal during the season with Connecticut Public Television to broadcast their games.. UConn rallied from a 9-point deficit to beat Texas in the semifinals and, aided by Taurasi's 28 points in the finals, defeated rival Tennessee for UConn's fourth national championship. She was also selected to the All-Big East Tournament Team for the third consecutive season.  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.. During her time at UConn she scored a total of 2,133 points for an average of 16.9 points per game. Under his watch, UConn has become the winningest team in women's college basketball, and he has made a strong case as one of the best coaches ever. The women's basketball players list includes guards Sue Bird, Bria Hartley, Moriah Jefferson, Renee Montgomery, Shea Ralph, Jennifer Rizzotti, Nykesha Sales, and Diana Taurasi; forwards Svetlana Abrosimova, Swin Cash, Napheesa Collier. 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. 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. The 2019–20 UConn Huskies women's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut (UConn) during the 2019–20 NCAA Division I women's basketball season.The Huskies, led by Hall of Fame head coach Geno Auriemma in his 35th season at UConn, split their home games between Harry A. Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center and were in their seventh and final season as members of the … But that’s just the reality of it. With Taurasi joining the core of the 2000 Championship team, Auriemma confidently predicted another championship in 2001, but the season turned out to be more difficult than expected. 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." In the 1997-98 season, she was named to the All-American first team, Defensive Player of the Year, and also the Big East Player of the Year. In 2020–21, UConn rejoined several of its former conference mates in the current Big East Conference. Auriemma found himself in a national debate following a decision he made during the 1997–98 season. , 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. She was selected second overall in the 2002 WNBA draft. Moore won the award again as a sophomore and then again as a senior. Seven UConn players received this award since its induction in 1982: Rebecca Lobo (1995), Shea Ralph (2000), Swin Cash (2002), Diana Taurasi (2003 and 2004), Tina Charles (2009), Maya Moore (2010) and Breanna Stewart for a record 4 times (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). 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. Maya Moore gave UConn the lead (23–22) in the second half with a three-pointer and led the team on a scoring run of 30–6 that eventually secured the national championship with a final score of 53–47. , In the 2005–06 season, UConn showed some signs of improvement, winning the Big East Tournament and beating Georgia in the Sweet Sixteen thanks to a fadeaway 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left by senior Barbara Turner. 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. She also helped lead UConn to an undefeated 39-0 season in 2002.  Moriah Jefferson finished with a program-record 659 assists and a back-to-back Nancy Lieberman Award as best point guard in the nation. 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. In 1997 she was a member of the Gold medal USA Women's World University Games. The most intriguing women’s college basketball players for the 2020-21 season . 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. Connecticut's final season record was 36–1 and Shea Ralph was named the Final Four's MVP. ... UConn … She was the first Husky to be recognized in the "Huskies of Honor" while still playing in a Husky uniform. 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. 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