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. 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. Introducing the 2020-21 UConn women’s basketball team: Full roster, what to know Seven newcomers, including six freshmen. The Huskies also became the first unbeaten team in NCAA history (all divisions, men or women) to win 35 games in a season. In 2020–21, UConn rejoined several of its former conference mates in the current Big East Conference. She was a member of the 1995 team that won the championship. On March 1, 2010, during a game against Notre Dame, Charles broke two UConn records on the same night. She was also selected to the All-Big East Tournament Team for the third consecutive season. During her time at UConn she scored a total of 2,133 points for an average of 16.9 points per game. During his tenure with Team USA, they won the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, plus Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016. 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. UConn advanced to the Final Four and outscored rival Tennessee in the semifinals by 23 points. Even if both coaches remained vague and unspecific about the reasons of the cancellation, Tennessee filed a complaint to the NCAA about UConn's recruitment of Moore. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. 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. [60] In December Griner led #1 ranked Baylor against #2 UConn, scoring 25 points to go along with nine blocks. 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. [63], After easy wins in both conference regular season and conference tournament, UConn entered the NCAA tournament unbeaten, #1 overall and once again a heavy favorite to win it all; the season came to an unexpected end when Mississippi State's Morgan William hit a buzzer-beater to give its team a 66–64 overtime victory in the NCAA Final Four. The 2011–12 season would inevitably be a new era after Maya Moore's graduation. [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. [20], In the 1995–96 season UConn ended Tennessee's home court winning streak at Thompson–Boling Arena in Knoxville. Taurasi was the third basketball player to receive this final honor, after former UConn star Rebecca Lobo and Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw. 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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. Although the entire team returned and expectations were sky high for a "three-peat" in Taurasi's senior year, UConn had an uneven season. The official 2018-19 Women's Basketball Roster for the University of Connecticut Huskies In her career at UConn, Taurasi led the team to four consecutive Final Fours and three straight national titles. 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. 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. Leading up to the Final Four in San Antonio, UConn dominated teams from Southern, Temple, Iowa State and Florida State. In an early test, UConn squeaked by #2 Baylor in their second game of the season. Sales then held the school scoring record. UConn followed up its surprise run to the Final Four in 1991 by landing All-American Rebecca Lobo from Southwick, Massachusetts. 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. She led the team to three consecutive NCAA championships. 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. On February 28 she was enshrined in the Huskies of Honor (3rd time ever for an active player). 1 in the latest Associated Press women's basketball poll released on Monday. [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. Bascom was hit with early foul trouble and Virginia held off a late UConn rally. UConn's current head coach is Luigi "Geno" Auriemma, who joined the team in 1985. [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. 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. 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. [68], National champion   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. UConn fans booed Randall the rest of the game and Tennessee fans later gave her the nickname "Boo. Charles started the night in third place in career scoring and finished the game as the leading scorer in UConn history. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Vote to determine who should be named No. The starting five of Bird, Taurasi, Cash, Jones, and Williams is widely regarded as the best starting five in women's college basketball history. 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 2020-21 UConn basketball team is unlike any Geno Auriemma has coached in recent years, primarily because they have a ton of youth. 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. Throughout the regular season and the Big East Tournament, UConn's closest win was against Stanford, by 12 points. 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. On March 1, 2010, during a game against Notre Dame, Charles broke two UConn records on the same night. UConn finished the regular season undefeated for the 5th time in school history with a 30–0 record. Arkansas has added perennial powerhouse UConn to its women’s basketball schedule. In the National Tournament, both Connecticut and Notre Dame were seeded first in their respective playoff brackets; each advanced to the Final Four held in Tampa, Florida. Stanford itself only managed to score 20 points in the first half. 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 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. [15], The 1994–95 UConn team was widely credited with increasing interest in women's basketball. The Huskies of Honor is a program recognizing the most significant figures in UConn history, with plaques in Gampel Pavilion commemorating those inducted. 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. 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. 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. [24], Many people weighed in on the decision on both national and local levels. The following table shows the UConn players recipients of the major individual awards in women's college basketball. Charles was drafted to the WNBA number one overall in 2010. [47] It was the only game in the Huskies' 78-game winning streak that was won by fewer than 10 points. Additionally, junior guard Caroline Doty would be out the entire season due to a third knee injury. 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. 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. The 2019–20 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. 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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 … Media in category "Connecticut Huskies women's basketball players" The following 33 files are in this category, out of 33 total. [40], After three down years by UConn standards, the team emerged as a heavy contender for the championship in the 2008 season. 1988-89 UConn Huskies Roster and Stats. The Huskies advanced to their first Final Four since 1996 and beat Penn State in the semifinals, reaching the Lady Vols for the championship game in Auriemma's hometown of Philadelphia. 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 tallied double-figure points in 29 games, including four 20-point plus scoring efforts. ... UConn … After she graduated Moore went on the dominate the WNBA where she still plays today. STORRS — The UConn women’s basketball team knows that it needs to focus on the remaining conference games, but with postseason play … 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. 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. UConn was found to have committed a secondary violation (involving a tour of the ESPN campus) and no punishment was handed out.[41][42]. 5 in Steals (266). 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 University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has become a dynasty in women’s Division I college basketball. 2013 UConn Women's Basketball team … Auriemma found himself in a national debate following a decision he made during the 1997–98 season. 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. 6 in career points (1,990), No. She’ll also be the first member of the class to wear a Huskies uniform. 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 beating Minnesota in the semifinals, UConn again defeated Tennessee for the 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. In her senior year, she won the 1995 Naismith and College Player of the Year award. The official Women's Basketball page for the University of Connecticut Huskies Wolters was a member of the inaugural class 2006 of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. After the end of the NCAA tournament, the Associated Press selects a Most Outstanding Player. Her absence and the loss of 6th-man Lorin Dixon left significant holes to fill in the roster. 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. UConn's season ended with a 61–55 loss to top-seeded Virginia in the national semifinals at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. 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. [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]. 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. The Huskies placed seven of their 11 national championship teams in the bracket, spread out from a No. The 2010–11 season began with high hopes but much uncertainty for the Huskies. Saylor Poffenbarger was the first recruit from the Class of 2021 to commit to play for the UConn women’s basketball team. Geno Auriemma seemed to find the right pieces with a freshman class that included Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Brianna Banks and Kiah Stokes. [2], The Huskies have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 31 times, every year since their first appearance in 1989. As with the 2000 champions, who had also come off a disappointing loss the year before, UConn returned hungrier than ever in 2001–02. "[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. Despite the two regular season meetings being close battles, UConn used tenacious defense and backdoor cuts to overwhelm Tennessee 71–52 for their second national championship. The Huskies lost their top two starters from last season’s American Athletic Conference championship squad. Moore played at UConn from 2007-2011. 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). 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. They won their 17th Big East Regular Season title and their 15th Big East Tournament title beating the Louisville Cardinals. [74][75][76] 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. 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. She achieved legendary status among UConn fans, and is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time.[36].       Conference regular season and conference tournament champion [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 2009, Charles led the Huskies to a national title as a junior. [59] Moriah Jefferson finished with a program-record 659 assists and a back-to-back Nancy Lieberman Award as best point guard in the nation. 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. 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. Senior Nykesha Sales suffered a season-ending injury in one of the final games of the regular season. In the NCAA tournament UConn reached the Elite Eight but came up short in its hopes to make it back to the Final Four, losing to eventual champion North Carolina. [27], Auriemma pulled off another huge recruiting coup when he convinced All-American guard Diana Taurasi to travel across country to attend Connecticut. Jan 29, 2017 - Explore Abigail Ahrens's board "(UConn huskies women's basketball team)" on Pinterest. Played point guard from 1992-1996. 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 … UConn women’s basketball announced its remaining TV schedule for the 2020-21 regular season on Tuesday. 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). 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. 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. Sale joined the WNBA in 1998. 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). Saylor Poffenbarger was the first recruit from the Class of 2021 to commit to play for the UConn women’s basketball team. 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. UConn became the first team to win a championship without a senior on their roster.[33][34]. She competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 1995 Jones Cup Team that won the Bronze in Taipei, as well as the 1994 squad that won the Gold. UConn junior forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa, 2020-2021 women's basketball season. She scored a total of 2178 points during her career at UConn. UConn remained the No. Taurasi finished her high school career ranked second to Cheryl Miller in state history with 3,047 points.[28]. After graduating from college in California, Wanda Flora went to graduate school at Indiana University, where she was an assistant coach for the women's basketball team and coached the junior varsity team. Some of its highly touted recruits did not play up to expectations while others suffered injuries. Montgomery led the team with a 13.3 scoring average and 163 assists. 24 . 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 the Championship Game UConn defeated Louisville 76–54 behind Charles' 25 points and 19 boards, ending the season with a perfect 39–0 record (with every victory by at least 10 points, a record of its own) and sixth national title.[45]. She finished her time at UConn with 3036 points for an average of 19.7 points per game. The official 2020-21 Women's Basketball Roster for the University of Connecticut Huskies 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. 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%). Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. UConn won the Big East Tournament over Notre Dame in a game remembered for the Bird at the Buzzer shot, but lost key players Abrosimova and Ralph to season-ending injuries. 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. The most intriguing women’s college basketball players for the 2020-21 season . As goes Bueckers, so go the Huskies. 1 in AP National poll, women's (247), Most consecutive NCAA Championships, any Division, women's (4, 2013–2016), Most consecutive NCAA Division I tournament wins, women's (28, 2013–2017), Most consecutive NCAA wins, any Division, men's or women's (111, 2014–2017), Most consecutive NCAA Division I regular-season wins, men's or women's (126, 2014–2019), Most consecutive NCAA Division I home court wins, women's (99, 2007–2012), Most consecutive NCAA Division I road wins, men's or women's (62, 2014–2019), Most consecutive NCAA Division I 30-win seasons, men's or women's (14, 2006–2019), This page was last edited on 23 February 2021, at 01:17. Tennessee defeated Connecticut again in the 1997–98 regular season. Auriemma signed his best recruiting class to date in 1998 when he signed five top-15 nationally ranked players. Charles was named the Big East Conference Player of the Year for 2010. She scored her 2,000th point as a junior. Bascom is the first UConn player to be named to a national All America team. 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. The UConn Huskies have returned to a familiar place in the national rankings, climbing to No. 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. 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. Cash was an All-American at UConn from 1998-02. She continued on to play in the WNBA from 1999 until she retired in 2004. 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. Maya Moore and Tina Charles played little more than half the minutes of every game, with Moore averaging one point per minute played, and the team outscoring its opponents by an average of 47 points. 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. "[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. Rizzotti was a member of the Jones Cup team representing the USA in 1996. 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. The 66–61 loss was UConn's first of the season, but not its last. Obvious: The oldest member of a UConn women’s basketball team without any seniors, Westbrook is set to finally make her debut after … 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. 4 in 3pt FG's (254), No. The teams met again on April 7, 2015 in the national championship game. [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. [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. 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. 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. UConn trailed for the entire game and lost for the first time since their April 6, 2008 Final Four appearance (also against the Cardinal). Four returners, including three starters from last year. 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. Megan Walker left a year early and was taken ninth overall in the WNBA draft. In the NCAA tournament, UConn lost to Stanford in the Sweet Sixteen. 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). 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. Rebecca Lobo was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. The best women’s college basketball team ever is from Connecticut.       Division regular season champion Rizzotti's picture was on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine in recognition of the perfect season. In 1997 she was named the National Player of the Year. Coming from a 75-wins streak from previous season, UConn tied its own previous 90-wins record with a 102–37 win against South Florida on October 1, 2017;[62] the 100th straight wins mark was reached on February 13, 2017 with a 66–55 win against South Carolina. She was the starting point guard on the Huskies first national championship team in 1995. UConn won by a score of 63–53 to achieve their third straight national championship and tenth total, with coach Auriemma tying a record set by John Wooden in college basketball. 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. In one of their most complete games of the season, UConn looked dominant from tip to finish against the Musketeers. 3 in Assists (632), and No. [5] 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. In 2010, Moore led the team in scoring and steals en route to a 39–0 season, ending in the NCAA National Championship. She also helped lead UConn to an undefeated 39-0 season in 2002. 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. During the 1995-96 season Jennifer set school records for assists with 212 and steals with 112. In 1997-98 she helped the team make two Elite Eight appearances. Maya Moore returned for her senior season after a summer with the U.S. National team, but UConn lost major contributors Tina Charles and Kalana Greene who graduated in 2010. [13] The season started with an 80-point win over Morgan State; two weeks later, UConn defeated powerhouse North Carolina State by 23 points on the road. "Talking to coaches around the country. Played for UConn from 2006-2010. [52], After graduation Maya Moore was selected by the Minnesota Lynx as the 1st overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft (4th time for a Husky), also becoming the first female basketball player signed to the Jordan Brand.[53]. Rizzotti was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. 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