Lobo Inducted Into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former University of Connecticut women's basketball standout was officially inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. The ceremony was part of the overall Induction Weekend.

Lobo helped lead UConn to the program's first national championship with an undefeated 35-0 record in 1995 She still ranks as Connecticut's all time career leader for rebounds (1,268) and blocked shots (396).

Lobo was a two-time Kodak All-American, the 1995 Wade Trophy Winner and the 1995 Naismith Player of the Year She was a member of the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal Team and joined the WNBA for its inaugural season and spent the first five years of her career with the New York Liberty.

""It still feels like a dream to me,"" says Lobo. ""Much of it is still a blur. It was all such a whirlwind in many ways. I wish I had taken the time to keep a meticulous journal to help me remember it all.
""Probably the most memorable and meaningful part to me was my time at UConn and the national championship at UConn.""

Lobo is currently a sideline reporter and color analyst for ESPN.

Lobo was joined in the Class of 2010 by former Maryland coach Chris Weller, prominent Texas high school coach Leta Andrews, one of the original WNBA greats Teresa Weatherspoon, four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards and former Women's Athletic Director at Tennessee Gloria Ray.

Comments From Geno Auriemma:
""I'm Geno Auriemma, I'm the coach of the University of Connecticut women's basketball program.

""I had the pleasure of coaching Rebecca Lobo for four years. I've had the pleasure of knowing her for much longer than that and my recollections of Rebecca as a youngster, coming out of high school, coming to Connecticut, and be put in a situation, where she was asked to be the most important player in the history of Connecticut basketball.

""Not an easy task.

""It was an incredible performance by Rebecca during those four years, to transform Connecticut from a regional basketball okay program to a national champion program.

""It's an incredible performance in the sense that as a player, as a person, as a student, as an ambassador for the game of basketball. I've never been around anyone who handled it with the grace and the integrity that she brought to everything she did.

""It's amazing what has happened to the University of Connecticut since Rebecca Lobo decided to become a student there.

""No one is all the years that I've been there, has had the impact on the court and off the court, that Rebecca has had and has continued both in the WNBA, as being one of the founders, both as a representative of our university, as a member of the board of trustees, continuing to promote the game on ESPN, and all the other things that Rebecca has done to further the role model that she is, for all the young people that looked up to her, emulated what she has always been, a great student, a great athlete, a great person, someone that I'm cherished, to have had the opportunity to work with, and to call my friend, and now to call my boss.

""I've never ever been around anyone who has held herself to a higher standard and contributed to the growth of girls, women, the university, it's been a ride that I can't even describe.

""I'm so thrilled to be in this situation right now to present to you for the induction to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, Class 2010, Rebecca Lobo.""