[47] It was the only game in the Huskies' 78-game winning streak that was won by fewer than 10 points. UConn completed their sixth undefeated season winning the 11th overall Championship (all-time record for both men's and women's college basketball) and 4th in a row (also a record for women's college basketball). The end of 2012–13 season saw the breakup of the Big East Conference. Led by juniors Stewart and Jefferson and senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn quickly recovered winning every other season game, including a 76–58 win against rival Notre Dame. Maya Moore (2007-11): 3,036 points Breanna Stewart (2012-16): 2,676 points 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. Charles started the night in third place in career scoring and finished the game as the leading scorer in UConn history. 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. UConn forward from 1987-1991 scoring 2,177 points, a record at the time, giving her an average of 18.1 points per game. She was selected second overall in the 2002 WNBA draft. This would be the team's last loss for quite some time. With Faris and Doty graduated, sophomore Breanna Stewart was the undisputed leader of the 2013–14 UConn team, starting in all 40 games and leading the team with 19.4 points and 2.8 blocks per game; her 291 field goals made was the third-highest single-season total in UConn annals. The No. The players-only meeting that helped UConn grab a much-needed road win Charlotte Carroll R.J. Cole came off the bench for 24 points as the Huskies got a win at Xavier. [4], UConn owns the two longest winning streaks (men's or women's) in college basketball history. 1988-89 UConn Huskies Roster and Stats. 6 in career points (1,990), No. 1 … After the end of the NCAA tournament, the Associated Press selects a Most Outstanding Player. UConn women’s basketball announced its remaining TV schedule for the 2020-21 regular season on Tuesday. 3 in Assists (632), and No. 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. 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. She was also selected to the All-Big East Tournament Team for the third consecutive season. 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. She was awarded the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup for 1995-96. The Huskies lost their top two starters from last season’s American Athletic Conference championship squad. A member of the team from 1994-98. Megan Walker left a year early and was taken ninth overall in the WNBA draft. 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. The 2019–20 UConn Huskies women's basketball team represented the University of … 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. 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. Jan 29, 2017 - Explore Abigail Ahrens's board "(UConn huskies women's basketball team)" on Pinterest. UConn has featured a great number of star players, All-Americans, Hall of Famers and recipients of individual trophies. 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. She scored her 2,000th point as a junior. Rizzotti won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award during the 1995-96 basketball season. UConn women’s basketball will get an unexpected boost from one of its 2021 signees this season. Tennessee defeated Connecticut again in the 1997–98 regular season. Their play was uneven during the regular season, where UConn went 27–3 with a loss to Baylor and a pair of losses to Notre Dame (including a three-overtime game in South Bend); in the Big East tournament UConn lost a third straight time to Notre Dame that delivered a last-minute comeback. Connecticut returned every key player and added Duke's transfer Azurá Stevens[66] and nation top ranked recruit Megan Walker; the team easily reached the Final Four with a 36–0 record that included solid wins over Stanford, Notre Dame, Louisville and South Carolina. She was the first Husky to be recognized in the "Huskies of Honor" while still playing in a Husky uniform. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. Motivated by the previous disappointing season, UConn came back in 1999–2000 with the clear goal of reaching the championship level again. 1 in games played (150), No. [56] Breanna Stewart was named the AP Player of the year, only the third time in history a sophomore has won the honor. 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. [38] Behind a home state crowd, UConn almost upset #1 ranked Duke in the regional final, before falling in overtime by 2 points. Throughout the regular season and the Big East Tournament, UConn's closest win was against Stanford, by 12 points. [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. Sales then held the school scoring record. They powered their way through 8 more consecutive wins for their 88th straight victory, beating #10 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden. Sales was a member of the inaugural class (2006) of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. The Huskies have won 11 national championships, produced 38 WNBA players … 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. Here are the top 20 scorers in UConn women's basketball history through the 2019-20 season. 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. Bascom was hit with early foul trouble and Virginia held off a late UConn rally. [68], National champion   As with the 2000 champions, who had also come off a disappointing loss the year before, UConn returned hungrier than ever in 2001–02. [61] 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. "[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 UConn Huskies women's basketball team, representing the University of Connecticut in NCAA Division I college basketball, has had 38 players selected in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft.Of these selections, 25 were in the first round of the draft; five players—Sue Bird in 2002, Diana Taurasi in 2004, Tina Charles in 2010, Maya Moore in … After she graduated Moore went on the dominate the WNBA where she still plays today. Along with incredibly talented players, the coach, Geno Auriemma, has made this team successful. 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. During her freshman season, Moore averaged a team-high 17.8 points per game, and hit 42% of her three point shots. 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). 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. 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. In her amazing college career Maya Moore won 150 games and only lost 4, amassing a total 3036 points (1st Husky ever and 4th all-time in NCAA division I women's basketball), 1276 rebounds (2nd Husky ever), 310 steals (3rd Husky ever), 544 assists (6th Husky ever) and 204 blocks (4th Husky ever); she is the only women's basketball player in Division I history to record 2500 points, 1000 rebounds, 500 assists, 250 steals and 150 blocked shots. 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. [64] The loss ended the streak at 111 consecutive wins, an all-time record not only for college basketball games, but also for any team sport played at college level. During her time at UConn, her team compiled a record of 139 wins and 8 losses. Sixteen After a break in the schedule for the holidays, UConn traveled out west and beat the Pacific Tigers to stretch the streak to 90 games. In 1980 the university hired Jean Balthaser, who had coached at the University of Pittsburgh. 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. Relative to their high standards, UConn struggled during the first two years following Taurasi's graduation in 2004. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. UConn was found to have committed a secondary violation (involving a tour of the ESPN campus) and no punishment was handed out.[41][42]. 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. 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. 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. In its announcement, UConn stated that going forward, number retirement would be reserved for former Huskies players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as Lobo was in 2017. Geno Auriemma jokingly once referred to Pat Summitt and Tennessee as the "evil empire", like Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino said of the Yankees. 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. In 2004 she was awarded with the Nancy Lieberman Award, Naismith College Player of the Year and NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player award. The keys to Notre Dame's success were the stellar performance of sophomore Skylar Diggins and the hot shooting (over 50 percent from the field, a first against UConn in its last 262 games), while UConn had a lack of support for Moore's 36 points. We attempt to identify the players whose performances will be crucial to their teams' success over the next several months. She helped the team to a 9–0 record, and the gold medal. 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. Diana was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. 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. 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. Moore was named the Tournament Most Outstanding Player, to go along with her second straight Wade Trophy award and Academic All-America of the Year award. 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. 24 . She helped lead the Huskies to the 1995 national championship with an undefeated 35-0 record. Diana played point guard from 2000-2004. 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. 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." 1 in the latest Associated Press women's basketball poll released on Monday. The UConn Huskies have returned to a familiar place in the national rankings, climbing to No. Saylor Poffenbarger was the first recruit from the Class of 2021 to commit to play for the UConn women’s basketball team.       Division regular season and conference tournament champion UConn became the first team to win a championship without a senior on their roster.[33][34]. 6 in FG's (703), No. Zac Boyer . Needless to say, we left a lot of other notable names out of this starting 5, but … As a freshman she started 35 out of her 37 games and was names Big East Freshman of the Year. The Huskies also became the first unbeaten team in NCAA history (all divisions, men or women) to win 35 games in a season. Lobo helped UConn to its first national championship with an undefeated season in 1995. 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. A mini controversy erupted in the days after the game when Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw was quoted in the papers as saying UConn looked scared during the game; Auriemma denounced that quote. [51] Notre Dame went on to the National Championship Game, but were defeated by the Texas A&M Aggies. 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. In the NCAA tournament, UConn lost to Stanford in the Sweet Sixteen. 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. 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. UConn beat Toledo 81–80 at Gampel Pavilion in the opening round game, with Bascom scoring a team NCAA tournament single-game record 39 points, and moved on to the regionals at The Palestra in Auriemma's hometown of Philadelphia. 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. 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. UConn's season ended with a 61–55 loss to top-seeded Virginia in the national semifinals at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. [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 finished her career at UConn with 1540 points with an average of 11.1 points per game. 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). [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. She achieved legendary status among UConn fans, and is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time.[36]. Charles was named the Big East Conference Player of the Year for 2010. With the TASS force in their senior season and Taurasi emerging as a star in her sophomore year, UConn rolled through its opponents throughout the year. 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. 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. [58], Senior Breanna Stewart was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player for a record 4th straight time; she also performed a back-to-back sweep of all individual honors, winning her 2nd straight Wade Trophy, a record 3rd Associated Press Women's College Basketball Player of the Year award, a record 3rd USBWA Women's National Player of the Year award, a record 3rd Naismith College Player of the Year award and her 2nd straight John R. Wooden Award. The following table shows the UConn players recipients of the major individual awards in women's college basketball. In December Griner led #1 ranked Baylor against #2 UConn, scoring 25 points to go along with nine blocks. Leading up to the Final Four in San Antonio, UConn dominated teams from Southern, Temple, Iowa State and Florida State. In the NCAA tournament UConn key-players Stewart, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Stefanie Dolson and senior Kelly Faris raised their level of play, and UConn easily advanced to the Final Four; in the semifinals they handily beat Notre Dame and in the finals they obtained a 93–60 win over Louisville, who had earlier upset Baylor, for a record tying eighth national championship. 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. For the third consecutive year UConn successfully recruited the top ranked high school player in Elena Delle Donne, but shortly before enrolling at UConn Delle Donne requested a release from her scholarship, giving up basketball in order to stay closer to home and play volleyball at the University of Delaware; Delle Donne would eventually play basketball at Delaware, having a great college career that culminated in the #2 pick at 2013 WNBA draft. 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. Lobo was the first player in the Big East Conference ever to earn first team all American honors for both basketball and academics. Including these final tournament games, Bascom had set a new UConn scoring record with 2,177 points during her years at the school.[11]. [50] That game, however, was largely a warm-up match for their biggest test of the season, a December 30 matchup at the powerhouse Stanford Cardinal. 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. [67], On December 19 a win over Oklahoma gave coach Geno Auriemma his 1000th victory in just 1135 games, making him only the fourth women's coach to reach that plateau — preceded by Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell — and the fastest one. Played at UConn from 2005-09. Additionally, junior guard Caroline Doty would be out the entire season due to a third knee injury. UConn defeated Tennessee 77–66 in front of a sold-out crowd in a game televised on ESPN and soon afterwards was ranked No. Her sophomore season she started in all 36 games. Auriemma was criticized for compromising the integrity of the game, but defended the decision saying it was a school record and he would never had done it without Bascom's blessing.[25]. She went on to play in the WNBA from 1999-2003. Montgomery led the team with a 13.3 scoring average and 163 assists. The Razorbacks will host the Huskies inside Bud Walton Arena next Thursday, a move made possible by Vanderbilt’s decision to end its season because of COVID-19 concerns earlier this week. Her absence and the loss of 6th-man Lorin Dixon left significant holes to fill in the roster. The 2011–12 season would inevitably be a new era after Maya Moore's graduation. After beating Minnesota in the semifinals, UConn again defeated Tennessee for the national championship. 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. 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). Lobo was awarded the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup for 1994-95. During 2010–11 season Maya Moore posted career highs in scoring (22.3 ppg), assists (4.1 apg) and steals (2.2 spg), sweeping all possible individual honors: she won her 2nd Naismith College Player of the Year award, her 3rd straight Wade Trophy (only player in history - freshmen are not eligible for this award), her 2nd Associated Press Women's College Basketball Player of the Year award, her 2nd USBWA Women's National Player of the Year award and her 2nd John R. 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