The UConn Huskies have returned to a familiar place in the national rankings, climbing to No. 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. [65], The 2017–2018 season was very similar to the previous one. Moore won the award again as a sophomore and then again as a senior. During his tenure with Team USA, they won the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, plus Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016. She was selected second overall in the 2002 WNBA draft. 5 in Steals (266). 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. 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. UConn finished the regular season undefeated for the 5th time in school history with a 30–0 record. Wolters was a member of the inaugural class 2006 of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. Rizzotti was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. 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. 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. Surprise, surprise. 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. UConn has featured a great number of star players, All-Americans, Hall of Famers and recipients of individual trophies. 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 selected number 4 overall in the 2009 WNBA draft. Charles started the night in third place in career scoring and finished the game as the leading scorer in UConn history. 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. Moore played at UConn from 2007-2011. She was the starting point guard on the Huskies first national championship team in 1995. [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. 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. 8 Baylor stun top-ranked UConn 68-57", "1990-91 team built foundation for UConn women's greatness", "COLLEGE BASKETBALL; UConn Women Get Grades and Ranking", "Sneak peek at UConn '95: Birth of a Dynasty", "Uconn Women Survive Test, Beat Virginia For East Title", "The 1995 Connecticut Huskies: The Team That Made Women's Basketball", "Rebecca Lobo's page at Women's Basketball Hall of Fame", "Jennifer Rizzotti's page at Women's Basketball Hall of Fame", "COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Sales Is Given Free Shot, And Sinks It for Record", "Staged Shot Continues to Pick Up Controversy", "The Geno Auriemma Show: Recruiting Diana Taurasi", "UConn women's notebook: Huskies' 2002 team called the 'best ever, "And you thought last year's title run was good", "UConn's Taurasi proves why she's best in nation", "Diana Taurasi comes out on top of best women's basketball player ever bracket", "Ncaa Women Elite Eight: Duke 63, Uconn 61(ot)", "Fowles' double-double sends LSU to fourth straight Final Four", "Huskies win Big East tournament behind Houston's fantastic finish", "Delle Donne finds happiness at Delaware", "Louisville Cardinals vs. Connecticut Huskies - Recap - April 07, 2009 - ESPN", "Baylor Lady Bears vs. Connecticut Huskies - Recap - April 04, 2010 - ESPN", "Stanford Cardinal vs. Connecticut Huskies - Recap - April 06, 2010 - ESPN", "UConn's Tina Charles win John R. Wooden award - ESPN", "Connecticut Sun select Connecticut Huskies' Tina Charles at No. UConn had modest success in Lobo's first 2 seasons, losing early in the NCAA Tournament in both seasons. Rizzotti won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award during the 1995-96 basketball season. The official Women's Basketball page for the University of Connecticut Huskies "[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. 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. UConn became the first team to win a championship without a senior on their roster.[33][34]. They dominated the Big East Tournament, winning the championship game 60–32. [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. 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. Leading up to the Final Four in San Antonio, UConn dominated teams from Southern, Temple, Iowa State and Florida State. 2013 UConn Women's Basketball team … In front of a record-breaking crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, UConn defeated Oklahoma for the championship 82–70 to complete a perfect 39–0 season. 1 in WNBA draft - ESPN", "Connecticut Huskies' 90-Game Win Streak - Women's College Basketball Topics - ESPN", "Maya Moore Becomes First Women's Basketball Player Signed To Jordan Brand", "Breanna Stewart, Stefanie Dolson lead UConn to record 9th title", "UConn holds off Notre Dame to claim 10th national title", "Geno Auriemma passes John Wooden with his 11th NCAA title", "With fourth title in hand, Breanna Stewart delivers for UConn", "Geno Auriemma: "We Need A Good Old-Fashioned Ass-Kicking, "Kia Nurse, Gabby Williams have emerged as leaders as UConn women chase history", "UConn Women Win 90th Straight, Tying Their Own Record", "UConn women's basketball wins 100th straight game, beats South Carolina 66-55", "Connecticut's 111-Game Winning Streak Ends With Loss to Mississippi State", "UConn Is 1 Win From Being The Streakiest College Team Ever", "UConn Transfer Azura Stevens Talks Excitement To Play For Huskies", "Notre Dame, a UConn Nemesis, Topples the Huskies in a Final Four Thriller", "Geno Auriemma wins 1000th game as UConn beats Oklahoma 88-64", "NCAA tournaments canceled over coronavirus", "Big East Conference Statistical Archives", "NCAA cancels March Madness tournaments, all other winter and spring championships", "Connecticut's Geno Auriemma keeps making a case to be considered the greatest basketball coach", "Who's the best coach ever? 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. Cash was an All-American at UConn from 1998-02. [2], The Huskies have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 31 times, every year since their first appearance in 1989. 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). [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]. [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. 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. As a freshman she started 35 out of her 37 games and was names Big East Freshman of the Year. UConn women’s basketball announced its remaining TV schedule for the 2020-21 regular season on Tuesday. UConn junior forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa, 2020-2021 women's basketball season. 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. Sales then held the school scoring record. In 2010 Lobo became the first Connecticut player inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, among a class of six inductees,[18] followed by teammate Jennifer Rizzotti in the class of 2013.[19]. In 1980 the university hired Jean Balthaser, who had coached at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1997-98 she helped the team make two Elite Eight appearances. She scored 2,156 points, averaged 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in her collegiate career. Taurasi was the third basketball player to receive this final honor, after former UConn star Rebecca Lobo and Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw. [Related] These are the 5 best UConn women’s basketball freshmen of all time, according to our readers. 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. Lobo helped UConn to its first national championship with an undefeated season in 1995. The Huskies can’t afford an off night from Bueckers at this point, which is a lot to ask. 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. Coach Auriemma is one of the best coaches in college basketball: his 1091–142 (.885) record as of March 2020[update] represents the highest winning percentage among NCAA basketball coaches (minimum 10 seasons), any level, men's or women's,[8] while ranking him third in all-time women's wins behind former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and current Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. 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. The Huskies of Honor is a program recognizing the most significant figures in UConn history, with plaques in Gampel Pavilion commemorating those inducted. 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. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn. Rizzotti was a member of the Jones Cup team representing the USA in 1996. The 2019–20 UConn Huskies women's basketball team represented the University of … 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 No. [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. [57], 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. 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. [20], In the 1995–96 season UConn ended Tennessee's home court winning streak at Thompson–Boling Arena in Knoxville. The national championship game against Stanford was a completely different story. Media in category "Connecticut Huskies women's basketball players" The following 33 files are in this category, out of 33 total. Charles was drafted to the WNBA number one overall in 2010. Played for UConn from 2006-2010. The official 2018-19 Women's Basketball Roster for the University of Connecticut Huskies 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 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. 6 in career points (1,990), 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. Her absence and the loss of 6th-man Lorin Dixon left significant holes to fill in the roster. 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 1997 she was named the National Player of the Year. 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. 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. Bascom was hit with early foul trouble and Virginia held off a late UConn rally. [61] She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. UConn advanced to the Final Four and outscored rival Tennessee in the semifinals by 23 points. 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. 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Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights,, Articles containing potentially dated statements from March 2020, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 11 NCAA/AIAW Tournament Championships (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), 24 Conference Tournament Championships: 18 Big East Conference (1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and 6 American Athletic Conference (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), 25 Conference Regular Season Championships: 19 Big East Conference (1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and 6 American Athletic Conference (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), Most NCAA Championships, any Division, men's or women's (11), Most NCAA Division I Final Fours, women's (20), Most NCAA Division I tournament #1 seeds, men's or women's (22), Most NCAA Division I undefeated seasons, men's or women's (6), Most NCAA Division I 30-win seasons, men's or women's (24), Most NCAA Division I weeks ranked No. Along with incredibly talented players, the coach, Geno Auriemma, has made this team successful. On February 28 she was enshrined in the Huskies of Honor (3rd time ever for an active player). Vote to determine who should be named No. Saylor Poffenbarger was the first recruit from the Class of 2021 to commit to play for the UConn women’s basketball team. 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. After she graduated Moore went on the dominate the WNBA where she still plays today. 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. 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. 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