Rebecca Lobo ’95 (CLAS), UConn’s first two-time All-American in basketball who led the women’s basketball team to the first of its six NCAA titles, will be the first former Husky to join head coach Geno Auriemma in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame when she is enshrined with the Class of 2010 on June 12 in Knoxville, Tenn.
The announcement was made July 25 during the WNBA All-Star Game at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., which featured five former Huskies among the 22 All-Stars in the game.
“Rebecca was UConn basketball,” Auriemma told reporters. “She is the same now as she was 20 years ago when I first recruited her. It’s truly amazing she’s the first Connecticut player to make it.”
A two-time Big East Player of the Year, Lobo was the National Player of the Year in 1995 after leading the Huskies to a perfect 35-0 mark. She was also recognized as the Most Outstanding Player at the 1995 NCAA Final Four. She currently ranks as UConn’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,268, and is the program’s fifth all-time leading scorer at 2,133.
In addition to her success at UConn, Lobo was a member of the 1996 USA Olympic Team that captured the gold medal in Atlanta. She joined the professional ranks in 1997, joining the New York Liberty for the WNBA’s inaugural season. In all, Lobo played for seven seasons in the WNBA, as she also had stints with the Houston Comets and Connecticut Sun prior to her retirement.
Lobo is currently a broadcaster for ABC and ESPN. She was working as a member of ABC’s crew for the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game at which the announcement was made. She also serves as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.