Dec. 27, 2011
STORRS, Conn. -The 2001-02 University of Connecticut women's basketball team, which won the 2002 NCAA National Championship and posted the Huskies' second perfect season, will be recognized as UConn Huskies of Honor at halftime of the UConn-Fairfield game on December 29 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.
The contest, which is set for 7:30 p.m., features a Fairfield team that is on a four-game winning streak and has posted an overall record of 7-3 this season.
The "Huskies of Honor" program, which pays visible tribute, in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, to the top individual and team achievements in UConn men's and women's basketball history, was launched in 2006.
The UConn women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" inaugural class was recognized in December 2006 and included 10 First Team All-Americans and Hall of Fame head coach Geno Auriemma.
The honoring of UConn's 2002 National Championship team will be the third induction of an entire team (players, coaches and support sraff) into Connecticut's "Huskies of Honor" program. The 1995 and 2000 NCAA National Championship UConn women's basketball squads were also inducted.
Following the official ceremony in Storrs to honor the 2002 NCAA National Champions, a four-by-five foot panel will be on permanent display at Gampel Pavilion, recognizing Connecticut's run to the 2002 NCAA National Title - the third in program history.
The 2001-02 team rolled to the NCAA National Championship with a spotless 39-0 overall record. The Huskies completed the regular season with a 30-0 with a nine-point win at Virginia Tech marking the smallest margin of victory of the year.
The team then blitzed the field at the BIG EAST Tournament in Piscataway, N.J. before rolling to six victories in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament culminated with a 79-56 victory over Tennessee in the National Semifinal and an 82-70 triumph over Oklahoma in the National Championship game in San Antonio, Texas.
That season, the Huskies led the country in scoring offense (87.0 ppg.), scoring defense (51.6 ppg.) scoring margin (+35.4), field goal percentage (.520), field goal percentage defense (.321), rebound margin (+15.5) and assists per game (21.7).
Head coach Geno Auriemmawas honored as Naismith and WBCA national coach of the year and five Huskies, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Williams earned All-America status by the Associated Press. Bird was the consensus pick for National Player of the Year and Bird, Cash, Jones and Williams were all taken with the first six picks of the 2002 WNBA Draft.
The members of the 2001-02 team who will be in attendance for the "Huskies of Honor" induction ceremony on December 29 include: head coach Geno Auriemma, associate head coach Chris Dailey, graduate assistant coach Svetlana Abrosimova, athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle, team physician Tom Trojian, Sue Bird, Ashley Battle, Maria Conlon, Stacey Marron and Ashley Valley. Several members are unavailable due to the fact that they are playing professionally overseas.