2001–02 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team
|2001-02 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball|
Big East Champions
|Conference||Big East Conference (1979–2013)|
|2001-02 record||39-0 (16-0 Big East)|
|Head coach||Geno Auriemma|
|Associate head coach||Chris Dailey|
|Assistant coach||Tonya Cardoza|
|Assistant coach||Jamelle Elliott|
|Home arena||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion|
The 2001–02 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2001–2002 NCAA Division I basketball season. Coached by Geno Auriemma, the Huskies played their home games at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and on campus at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, and are a member of the Big East Conference. At the Big East Women's Basketball Tournament, the Huskies won the championship by defeating Boston College 96–54. The Huskies won their third NCAA championship by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners, 82–70.
Five players from the 2000-01 team, Shea Ralph, Svetlana Abrosimova, Kelly Schumacher, Christine Rigby, and Marci Czel, were seniors and are no longer part of the team. One sophomore player, Kennitra Johnson, decided to leave UConn to be closer to her mother, and transferred to Purdue. Two freshman joined the team, Ashley Valley, younger sister of Morgan Valley and Stacey Marron. Although Marron had received scholarship offers from other schools, she choose to apply to UConn and attempt to make the team as a walk-on. She succeeded, and eventfully earned a full scholarship, the first Connecticut walk-on to earn a basketball scholarship.
Two other players are not new to the program, but will be playing in their first full season. Ashley Battle was a freshman in the prior year, but sustained an elbow injury in the fifth game of the season, and did not play the remainder of the season. Battle applied for a medical hardship, often called a redshirt. Jessica Moore also joined the team in the prior year, but elected not to play her first year.
|2001–02 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team|
|November 09*||Fairfield||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT||CPTV||W 93–50||1–0|
|November 11*||Florida Int’L||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 91–47||2–0|
|November 15*||North Carolina||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 94–74||3–0|
|November 18*||Vanderbilt||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 69–50||4–0|
|November 24*||Rhode Island||#1||XL Center • Hartford, CT||CPTV||W 84–38||5–0|
|November 26*||Wake Forest||#1||Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum • Winston-Salem,NC||CPTV||W 88–38||6–0|
|November 30*||Ball State||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 103–69||7–0|
|December 04||St. John's||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 88–28||8–0|
|December 06*||Holy Cross||#1||XL Center • Hartford,CT||CPTV||W 97–54||9–0|
|December 09*||La Tech||#1||XL Center • Hartford,CT||ESPN2||W 74–50||10–0|
|December 22*||Oklahoma||#1||XL Center • Hartford,CT||ESPN2||W 86–72||11–0|
|December 27*||Cal State–Northridge||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 101–44||12–0|
|December 29*||Old Dominion||#1||Ted Constant Convocation Center • Norfolk,VA||CPTV||W 84–70||13–0|
|December 31*||Wright State||#1||Nutter Center • Dayton,OH||CPTV||W 97–39||14–0|
|January 02||Pittsburgh||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 112–43||15–0|
|January 05*||Tennessee||#1||Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville,TN||CBS||W 86–72||16–0|
|January 09||St. John's||#1||Carnesecca Arena • Queens,NY||CPTV||W 84–43||17–0|
|January 12||Miami||#1||Veterans Memorial Coliseum • Hartford,CT||CPTV||W 96–50||18–0|
|January 15||Georgetown||#1||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington,DC||CPTV||W 85–41||19–0|
|January 19||Villanova||#1||The Pavilion • Villanova,PA||CPTV||W 93–60||20–0|
|January 21||Notre Dame||#1||XL Center • Hartford,CT||ESPN||W 80–53||21–0|
|January 26||Boston College||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 79–56||22–0|
|January 29||Virginia Tech||#1||Cassell Coliseum • Blacksburg,VA||CPTV||W 59–50||23–0|
|February 03||Providence||#1||Providence ,RI||BETV||W 85–61||24–0|
|February 06||Seton Hall||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 92–40||25–0|
|February 10||Virginia Tech||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 77–42||26–0|
|February 13||Syracuse||#1||Syracuse,NY||CPTV||W 85–55||27–0|
|February 20||Providence||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 106–41||28–0|
|February 23||Rutgers||#1||Louis Brown Athletic Center • Piscataway,NJ||CPTV||W 80–42||29–0|
|February 26||West Virginia||#1||Morgantown,WV||CPTV||W 89–60||30–0|
|2002 Big East Women's Basketball Tournament|
|March 03||Seton Hall||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||CPTV||W 78–48||31–0|
|March 04||Villanova||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||BETV||W 83–39||32–0|
|March 05||Boston College||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||ESPN2||W 96–54||33–0|
|2002 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament|
|March 16*||St. Francis (Pa)||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||W 86–37||34–0|
|March 17*||Iowa||#1||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion • Storrs,CT||ESPN||W 86–48||35–0|
|March 23*||Penn State||#1||U.S. Cellular Arena • Milwaukee,WI||ESPN2||W 82–64||36–0|
|March 25*||Old Dominion||#1||U.S. Cellular Arena • Milwaukee,WI||ESPN2||W 85–64||37–0|
|March 29*||Tennessee||#1||Alamodome • San Antonio,TX||ESPN||W 79–56||38–0|
|March 31*||Oklahoma||#1||Alamodome • San Antonio,TX||ESPN||W 82–70||39–0|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Team players drafted into the WNBA
|1||1||Sue Bird||Seattle Storm|
|1||2||Swin Cash||Detroit Shock|
|1||4||Asjha Jones||Washington Mystics|
|1||6||Tamika Williams||Minnesota Lynx|
Awards and honors
- Sue Bird, Naismith Award 
- Sue Bird, Wade Trophy
- Sue Bird, Nancy Lieberman Award
- Sue Bird, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
- Sue Bird Sportswoman of the Year Award
- Sue Bird Big East Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year
- Sue Bird Honda Sports Award, basketball
- Swin Cash, Tournament Most Outstanding Player
- Asjha Jones, Most Outstanding Player, Big East Women's Basketball Tournament
- Geno Auriemma Naismith College Coach of the Year
- Geno Auriemma WBCA National Coach of the Year
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