At two ceremonies this weekend, the University of Connecticut retired the numbers of the former All-America basketball standouts, Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo.
No UConn player will be permitted to wear Allen’s number 34 or Lobo’s number 50, the first basketball numbers retired at UConn.
Allen entered the Hall this past fall, Lobo was enshrined in 2017. The pair are already members of the Huskies of Honor, with their numbers hung at Gampel Pavilion alongside other UConn basketball greats.
Allen averaged 19 points over three seasons at UConn, while leading the Huskies to three Big East titles and three Sweet 16 berths. After graduating, Allen pursued an 18-year NBA career in which he set the league record for 3-point field goals and drilled one of the most memorable shots in basketball history.
Lobo won numerous women’s college basketball player-of-the-year awards in 1994-1995 as she led UConn to an undefeated season and its first national championship. After leaving Storrs with 2,133 career points and 1,268 career rebounds, she went on to compete in the Olympics and in the WNBA and now works as a color commentator on ESPN’s women’s basketball coverage.