NEW ORLEANS - Former University of Connecticut women’s basketball star Rebecca Lobo has been selected as a finalist for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced on February 18, 2017 during NBA All-Star weekend festivities in New Orleans.
Lobo, a native of Southwick, Mass., was a member of UConn’s first national championship during the undefeated 1994-95 season. That same year, she earned NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, AP Female Athlete of the Year, the Wade Trophy, the Naismith Award, WBCA National Player of the Year and USBWA National Player of the Year.
In 1994 and 1995, she was named Kodak First Team All-America, BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, and GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year en route to earning the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship following her senior season.
Lobo earned an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996 and was an iconic player assigned to the New York Liberty when the WNBA formed in 1997.
After six years in the WNBA, Lobo became an ESPN analyst for women’s college basketball and the WNBA.
Joining Lobo as finalists from the North American Screening Committee are: players Tim Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, Sidney Moncrief and Chris Webber, coaches Robert Hughes, Rollie Massimino, Bo Ryan, Bill Self and Rudy Tomjanovich and referee Hugh Evans. From the Women’s Screening Committee: Coaches Muffet McGraw and Kim Mulkey and the Wayland Baptist Team.