Another honor for the basketball legend
On Dec. 17 it was announced that Rebecca Lobo would be one of the six recipients of the 2020 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.
Lobo is a former UConn women’s basketball standout and current ESPN analyst for women’s basketball at both the collegiate and professional level.
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According to the press release from UConn “The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of former student-athletes, select each year’s recipients.”
She as well as Carla Ainsworth, Stewart Cink, Darren Eales, Jenny Thompson and Adam Vinatieri, will be recognized during the 2020 NCAA Convention at the Honors Celebration on Jan. 22 in Anaheim, Calif.
In her four years at UConn Lobo averaged 16.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.1 blocks per game.
In her senior season she led the Huskies to their first undefeated season and NCAA title. Prior to being named the 1995 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Lobo was a two-year captain, two-time Big East Conference Player of the Year and two-time consensus All-American.
Lobo was won many awards at the end of that season including the Wade and Naismith trophies, Associated Press Player of the Year and an ESPY for Outstanding Female Athlete.
After graduation she helped lead Team USA to a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics and played in the first seven seasons of the WNBA.
Her accomplishments were further recognized when she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.
Lobo’s number 50 was the first to be retired at UConn. She has also served on the UConn board of trustees since 2004.
She co-founded the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship in allied health at UConn and is still involved with the Connecticut Sports Foundation, the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative and the Get in Touch Foundation.
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