University of Connecticut women's basketball has suspended team activities after a member of the program tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Monday. [43] 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. NCAA.com took a look back at UConn women's basketball to create the historic program's all-time starting five. Media in category "Connecticut Huskies women's basketball players" The following 33 files are in this category, out of 33 total. The Connecticut Huskies were the #3 selection on the list, behind only the professional basketball Lakers and the professional football Patriots, making the Connecticut women's basketball team the highest ranked of the collegiate teams for the three sports under consideration. A member of the team from 1994-98. UConn became the first team to win a championship without a senior on their roster.[33][34]. UConn defeated 79–58 Notre Dame (hindered by the loss of one of their stars, Natalie Achonwa, who had torn her ACL in the Elite Eight), to finish the season 40–0, tying Baylor for the most wins in a season and setting the new record for Championship with nine.       Division regular season and conference tournament champion 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. On March 1, 2010, during a game against Notre Dame, Charles broke two UConn records on the same night. She was a member of the 1995 team that won the championship. She helped lead the Huskies to the 1995 national championship with an undefeated 35-0 record. UConn finished the regular season undefeated and established a 70-game winning streak, shattering the previous mark of 54 set by Louisiana Tech; the streak ended in the Big East championship game loss to Villanova. After the 1995 Championship title, UConn rose to national prominence as one of the powerhouses in women's college basketball, giving coach Auriemma the chance to recruit star talents from high school like Shea Ralph in 1996 and Svetlana Abrosimova in 1997. Inheriting a program that had only had one winning season in its entire history, Auriemma has overseen one of the most successful rebuilding projects in college sports history. The national championship game against Stanford was a completely different story. STORRS, Conn. – The top-ranked UConn women's basketball team (17-1, 14-0 BIG EAST) travels to Xavier (4-6, 1-5) for the first time in program history Saturday at 3 p.m. During the 1995-96 season Jennifer set school records for assists with 212 and steals with 112. 1 team in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll after blowing out its two opponents last week. 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. They won their 17th Big East Regular Season title and their 15th Big East Tournament title beating the Louisville Cardinals. She was the first freshman, male or female, to be named the Big East Player of the Year. 24 . UConn also signed a landmark deal during the season with Connecticut Public Television to broadcast their games.[17]. Lobo graduated in 1995 receiving countless accolades: the Naismith College Player of the Year award, the Wade Trophy, the Associated Press Women's College Basketball Player of the Year award, the USBWA Women's National Player of the Year award, the Honda-Broderick Cup, the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award (first basketball player ever), the Associated Press Athlete of the Year (second basketball player after Sheryl Swoopes), the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the Academic All-America of the Year and also All-sports Academic All-America of the Year. The Huskies placed seven of their 11 national championship teams in the bracket, spread out from a No. The 2020–21 UConn Huskies women's basketball team represented the University of … 1988-89 UConn Huskies Roster and Stats. He was head coach of the United States women's national basketball team from 2009 until stepping down from that role after the 2016 Summer Olympics. 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. 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. 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. The best women’s college basketball team ever is from Connecticut. UConn defeated Tennessee 77–66 in front of a sold-out crowd in a game televised on ESPN and soon afterwards was ranked No. She continued on to play in the WNBA from 1999 until she retired in 2004. She was awarded the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup for 1995-96. 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. The longest streak, 111 straight wins, started with a win against Creighton on November 23, 2014, and ended on March 31, 2017 when a buzzer-beater at the end of overtime caused a 66–64 loss in the 2017 NCAA Final Four to Mississippi State. As goes Bueckers, so go the Huskies. 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[51] Notre Dame went on to the National Championship Game, but were defeated by the Texas A&M Aggies. 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. The UConn Huskies have returned to a familiar place in the national rankings, climbing to No. [38] Behind a home state crowd, UConn almost upset #1 ranked Duke in the regional final, before falling in overtime by 2 points. 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Wooden award - ESPN", "Connecticut Sun select Connecticut Huskies' Tina Charles at No. She was the starting point guard on the Huskies first national championship team in 1995. During his tenure with Team USA, they won the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, plus Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016. Bascom had an immediate impact on the UConn program: in 1989 she won the Big East Player of the Year award as a sophomore (she also won the award in her junior and senior years) and led UConn to its first Big East regular season and Tournament title, along with its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance; the tournament ended in a first round loss. The following table shows the UConn players recipients of the major individual awards in women's college basketball.       Division regular season champion 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 end of 2012–13 season saw the breakup of the Big East Conference. Cash was an All-American at UConn from 1998-02. Played at UConn from 2005-09. She finished her career in the Top Ten of many categories in the UConn women's basketball record books including No.       Conference regular season champion   Taurasi hailed from Chino, California, and attended Don Lugo High School where she was the recipient of the 2000 Cheryl Miller Award, presented by the Los Angeles Times to the best player in southern California. In 2010, Moore led the team in scoring and steals en route to a 39–0 season, ending in the NCAA National Championship. [14] UConn blew out Stanford in the semifinals behind Wolters' 31 points, reaching the championship game for a rematch against Tennessee. Sixteen The UConn women’s basketball program’s history book is one of the most decorated documents in all of American sports. In 1995 Lobo join the national team, which later became the US team for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA where her team won gold. Motivated by the previous disappointing season, UConn came back in 1999–2000 with the clear goal of reaching the championship level again. In her senior year, she won the 1995 Naismith and College Player of the Year award. Sales then held the school scoring record. During her time at UConn she compiled a 132–8 record (94.3%). Bascom was hit with early foul trouble and Virginia held off a late UConn rally. Lobo was named the 1995 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. In the 1999 meeting at Gampel Pavilion, Tennessee prevailed again. July 25: Rebecca Lobo became the first Connecticut player named as an inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, leading a class of six inductees. In 1997 she was named the National Player of the Year. 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. The 2015–16 UConn Huskies women's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I women's basketball season.The Huskies, led by thirty first year head coach Geno Auriemma, won the NCAA tournament and went undefeated.With their eleventh championship win in 2016, the UConn Huskies became the first NCAA Division I women's basketball team … [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. 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. In an early test, UConn squeaked by #2 Baylor in their second game of the season. Throughout the regular season and the Big East Tournament, UConn's closest win was against Stanford, by 12 points. 1 in the polls for the first time in program history. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. 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. The following table shows the UConn players recipients of the major individual awards in women's college basketball. [37], 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. 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. Five of them have been first overall picks: Sue Bird (2002), Diana Taurasi (2004), Tina Charles (2010), Maya Moore (2011), and Breanna Stewart (2016). The class renewed hope of bringing more championships to Storrs after watching archrival Tennessee win three in a row. During her freshman season, Moore averaged a team-high 17.8 points per game, and hit 42% of her three point shots. Taurasi was the third basketball player to receive this final honor, after former UConn star Rebecca Lobo and Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw. Two of the seasons (2001–02 and 2008–09) resulted in perfect 39–0 records. [21], UConn defeated Tennessee during the 1996–97 regular season; after a season-ending injury for Shea Ralph in the first round of the NCAA tournament, UConn reached the Regional Final where the two teams met again, with Tennessee prevailing and ending Connecticut's unbeaten season by winning 91–81.[22]. She was named first team All-Big East. 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. STORRS — The UConn women’s basketball team knows that it needs to focus on the remaining conference games, but with postseason play … Leading up to the Final Four in San Antonio, UConn dominated teams from Southern, Temple, Iowa State and Florida State. UConn women’s basketball will get an unexpected boost from one of its 2021 signees this season. The 2004–05 season was marked with sloppy play and ragged offense; UConn lost 8 games and failed to win the Big East regular season crown for the first time since 1993. 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. Lobo was the first player in the Big East Conference ever to earn first team all American honors for both basketball and academics. Wolters appeared in four NCAA Tournaments, advanced to the 1996 Final Four, the 1994 and 1997 Final Eights and won four Big East Conference Championships and four Big East Tournament titles. 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. 6 in career points (1,990), No. The UConn Huskies women's basketball team is the college basketball program representing the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, in NCAA Division I women's basketball competition. Auriemma found himself in a national debate following a decision he made during the 1997–98 season. 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. 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. Wolters was a member of the inaugural class 2006 of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. Zac Boyer . The Huskies found their rhythm during the NCAA Tournament, in which they were a #2 seed; in the Elite Eight they beat top-seeded Penn State to advance to the Final Four at the New Orleans Arena. 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. She won the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship with the UConn Huskies in 2000 and 2002. With Bascom and teammates Laura Lishness, Megan Pattyson, Wendy Davis and Debbie Baer, UConn reached the NCAA Tournament again in 1990, losing 61–59 to Clemson in the second round after a first-round bye. 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. Starting with their two meetings in 1995, the rivalry between the Tennessee Lady Vols and UConn escalated through the late 1990s and into the 2000s, becoming the marquee matchup in all women's sports, and taking on parallels to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry in Major League Baseball. 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. 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. Maya Moore, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Katie Lou Samuelson, Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck, and Gabby Williams; centers Kerry Bascom, Tina Charles, Stefanie Dolson, Rebecca Lobo, and Kara Wolters. The 2014–15 regular season started with an overtime loss to Stanford in the second game of the season, ending a 47-games winning streak for UConn. 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. Connecticut recovered focus after the loss and got through the rest of the regular season undefeated, regaining the #1 ranking along the way after Baylor's loss to Texas Tech in February. The 2020-21 UConn basketball team is unlike any Geno Auriemma has coached in recent years, primarily because they have a ton of youth. 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. In December Griner led #1 ranked Baylor against #2 UConn, scoring 25 points to go along with nine blocks. 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). 9 in FT's (330), No. UConn finished the regular season undefeated for the 5th time in school history with a 30–0 record. Visit ESPN to view the UConn Huskies Women's Basketball Team Roster. Charles started the night in third place in career scoring and finished the game as the leading scorer in UConn history. 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 remained the No. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. Rizzotti's picture was on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine in recognition of the perfect season. She would go on to play for the gold medal winning World University Game Team in 1991. In the Final Four UConn was finally challenged by Baylor and the 6-foot-8 freshman Brittney Griner;[46] Baylor trailed 39–26 at halftime but UConn finally pulled away for a final score of 70–50. Vote to determine who should be named No. Sale joined the WNBA in 1998. Here are the top 20 scorers in UConn women's basketball history through the 2019-20 season. On December 7, 2018, UConn announced that the #50 worn by Rebecca Lobo would be permanently retired, effective with ceremonies to be held during the Huskies' final 2018–19 home game on March 2, 2019. But that’s just the reality of it. 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. Additionally, junior guard Caroline Doty would be out the entire season due to a third knee injury. 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