2001–02 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team

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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
Seasons
« 2000-01 2002-03 »

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.

On December 29, 2011, the team was recognized as one of the greatest in the program's history by induction into the Huskies of Honor.[1]

Roster changes[edit]

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.[2] One sophomore player, Kennitra Johnson, decided to leave UConn to be closer to her mother, and transferred to Purdue.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] Jessica Moore also joined the team in the prior year, but elected not to play her first year.[6]

Roster[edit]

Source[7]

2001–02 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year High school/previous college Home town
G 2 Valley, AshleyAshley Valley 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Fr Rice Memorial Colchester, VT
G/F 3 Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) So Don Lugo Chino, CA
G 5 Conlon, MariaMaria Conlon 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) So Seymour Derby, CT
G 10 Bird, SueSue Bird (C) 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Sr Christ the King Syosset, NY
G 12 Marron, StaceyStacey Marron 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Fr La Cueva Albuquerque, NM
F/C 15 Jones, AsjhaAsjha Jones 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Sr Piscataway Piscataway, NJ
G 20 Valley, MorganMorgan Valley 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) So Rice Memorial Colchester, VT
F 22 Battle, AshleyAshley Battle 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) RS Fr The Linsly School, WVA Pittsburgh, PA
C 31 Moore, JessicaJessica Moore 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) RS Fr Colony Palmer, AK
F 32 Cash, SwinSwin Cash (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Sr McKeesport McKeesport, PA
F 34 Williams, TamikaTamika Williams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Sr Chaminade-Julienne Dayton, OH
Head coach

Geno Auriemma

Assistant coach(es)

Chris Dailey
Tonya Cardoza
Jamelle Elliott


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2013-08-23

Schedule[edit]

Source[8]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Regular Season
November 09*
, CPTV
#1 Fairfield W 93–50  1–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs, CT
November 11*
, CPTV
#1 Florida Int’L W 91–47  2–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
November 15*
, CPTV
#1 North Carolina W 94–74  3–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
November 18*
, CPTV
#1 Vanderbilt W 69–50  4–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
November 24*
, CPTV
#1 Rhode Island W 84–38  5–0
XL Center
Hartford, CT
November 26*
, CPTV
#1 Wake Forest W 88–38  6–0
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Winston-Salem,NC
November 30*
, CPTV
#1 Ball State W 103–69  7–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
December 04
, CPTV
#1 St. John's W 88–28  8–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
December 06*
, CPTV
#1 Holy Cross W 97–54  9–0
XL Center
Hartford,CT
December 09*
, ESPN2
#1 La Tech W 74–50  10–0
XL Center
Hartford,CT
December 22*
, ESPN2
#1 Oklahoma W 86–72  11–0
XL Center
Hartford,CT
December 27*
, CPTV
#1 Cal State–Northridge W 101–44  12–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
December 29*
, CPTV
#1 Old Dominion W 84–70  13–0
Ted Constant Convocation Center
Norfolk,VA
December 31*
, CPTV
#1 Wright State W 97–39  14–0
Nutter Center
Dayton,OH
January 02
, CPTV
#1 Pittsburgh W 112–43  15–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
January 05*
, CBS
#1 Tennessee W 86–72  16–0
Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville,TN
January 09
, CPTV
#1 St. John's W 84–43  17–0
Carnesecca Arena
Queens,NY
January 12
, CPTV
#1 Miami W 96–50  18–0
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Hartford,CT
January 15
, CPTV
#1 Georgetown W 85–41  19–0
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington,DC
January 19
, CPTV
#1 Villanova W 93–60  20–0
The Pavilion
Villanova,PA
January 21
, ESPN
#1 Notre Dame W 80–53  21–0
XL Center
Hartford,CT
January 26
, CPTV
#1 Boston College W 79–56  22–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
January 29
, CPTV
#1 Virginia Tech W 59–50  23–0
Cassell Coliseum
Blacksburg,VA
February 03
, BETV
#1 Providence W 85–61  24–0

Providence ,RI
February 06
, CPTV
#1 Seton Hall W 92–40  25–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
February 10
, CPTV
#1 Virginia Tech W 77–42  26–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
February 13
, CPTV
#1 Syracuse W 85–55  27–0

Syracuse,NY
February 20
, CPTV
#1 Providence W 106–41  28–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
February 23
, CPTV
#1 Rutgers W 80–42  29–0
Louis Brown Athletic Center
Piscataway,NJ
February 26
, CPTV
#1 West Virginia W 89–60  30–0

Morgantown,WV
2002 Big East Women's Basketball Tournament
March 03
, CPTV
#1 Seton Hall W 78–48  31–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
March 04
, BETV
#1 Villanova W 83–39  32–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
March 05
, ESPN2
#1 Boston College W 96–54  33–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
2002 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 16*
#1 St. Francis (Pa) W 86–37  34–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
March 17*
, ESPN
#1 Iowa W 86–48  35–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs,CT
March 23*
, ESPN2
#1 Penn State W 82–64  36–0
U.S. Cellular Arena
Milwaukee,WI
March 25*
, ESPN2
#1 Old Dominion W 85–64  37–0
U.S. Cellular Arena
Milwaukee,WI
March 29*
, ESPN
#1 Tennessee W 79–56  38–0
Alamodome
San Antonio,TX
March 31*
, ESPN
#1 Oklahoma W 82–70  39–0
Alamodome
San Antonio,TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Team players drafted into the WNBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 1 Sue Bird Seattle Storm
1 2 Swin Cash Detroit Shock
1 4 Asjha Jones Washington Mystics
1 6 Tamika Williams Minnesota Lynx

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Awards and honors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Altavilla, John (December 29, 2011). "Auriemma Has High Praise For His 2001-02 Champions". Hartford Courant (Tribune Corporation). Archived from the original on December 29, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ EAGAN, MATT (February 23, 2001). "St. John's At No. 3 Uconn". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  3. ^ Elliott, Rich (December 24, 2009). "KJ, Svet Back In The House". Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  4. ^ Wheelock, Helen. "Stacey Marron – University of Connecticut". Unintentional Journalist. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ashley Battle". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  6. ^ GOLDBERG, JEFF (February 22, 2005). "Moore: Forged By Mother's Strength". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  7. ^ "2001-2002 Women's Basketball Roster". University of Connecticut. Retrieved 31 Dec 2012. 
  8. ^ "Connecticut Women's Basketball" (PDF). University of Connecticut. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.insidehoops.com/wnba/wnba-draft-history.shtml
  10. ^ http://www.naismithawards.com/History/NaismithTrophy/tabid/58/Default.aspx
  11. ^ "The Wade Trophy". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sue Bird". Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sportswoman of the Year". Women’s Sports Foundation. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  14. ^ "Past Honda Sports Award Winners". Collegiate Women Sports Awards. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.midwestsportsfans.com/2004/03/ncaa-tournament-mvp-most-outstanding-player-mop-men-women-march-madness/
  16. ^ "Naismith College Coach of the Year". Atlanta Tipoff Club. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  17. ^ "Past Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coaches of the Year". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 

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