2001–02 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team

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2001–02 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament National Champions
Big East Tournament champions
Big East regular season champions
ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)
2001–02 record39-0 (16-0 Big East)
Head coachGeno Auriemma
Associate head coachChris Dailey
Assistant coaches
Home arenaHarry A. Gampel Pavilion
Seasons

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. The starting five of Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, Tamika Williams, and Diana Taurasi are generally considered the greatest starting lineup in Women's College Basketball history.

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 freshmen joined the team: Ashley Valley, younger sister of Morgan Valley, and Stacey Marron. Although Marron had received scholarship offers from other schools, she chose 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.[needs update] 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 Previous school Hometown
G 2 Ashley Valley 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Fr Rice Memorial Colchester, Vermont
G/F 3 Diana Taurasi 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) So Don Lugo Chino, California
G 5 Maria Conlon 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) So Seymour Derby, Connecticut
G 10 Sue Bird (C) 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Sr Christ the King Syosset, New York
G 12 Stacey Marron 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Fr La Cueva Albuquerque, New Mexico
F/C 15 Asjha Jones 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Sr Piscataway Piscataway, New Jersey
G 20 Morgan Valley 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) So Rice Memorial Colchester, Vermont
F 22 Ashley Battle 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) RS Fr The Linsly School, WVA Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
C 31 Jessica Moore 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) RS Fr Colony Palmer, Alaska
F 32 Swin Cash (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Sr McKeesport McKeesport, Pennsylvania
F 34 Tamika Williams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Sr Chaminade-Julienne Dayton, Ohio
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
No. 1 Fairfield W 93–50  1–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, Connecticut
November 11*
 CPTV
No. 1 Florida Int’L W 91–47  2–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
November 15*
 CPTV
No. 1 North Carolina W 94–74  3–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
November 18*
 CPTV
No. 1 Vanderbilt W 69–50  4–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
November 24*
 CPTV
No. 1 Rhode Island W 84–38  5–0
XL Center 
Hartford, Connecticut
November 26*
 CPTV
No. 1 Wake Forest W 88–38  6–0
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
Winston-Salem,NC
November 30*
 CPTV
No. 1 Ball State W 103–69  7–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
December 04
 CPTV
No. 1 St. John's W 88–28  8–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
December 06*
 CPTV
No. 1 Holy Cross W 97–54  9–0
XL Center 
Hartford,CT
December 09*
 ESPN2
No. 1 La Tech W 74–50  10–0
XL Center 
Hartford,CT
December 22*
 ESPN2
No. 1 Oklahoma W 86–72  11–0
XL Center 
Hartford,CT
December 27*
 CPTV
No. 1 Cal State–Northridge W 101–44  12–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
December 29*
 CPTV
No. 1 Old Dominion W 84–70  13–0
Ted Constant Convocation Center 
Norfolk,VA
December 31*
 CPTV
No. 1 Wright State W 97–39  14–0
Nutter Center 
Dayton,OH
January 02
 CPTV
No. 1 Pittsburgh W 112–43  15–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
January 05*
 CBS
No. 1 Tennessee W 86–72  16–0
Thompson–Boling Arena 
Knoxville,TN
January 09
 CPTV
No. 1 St. John's W 84–43  17–0
Carnesecca Arena 
Queens,NY
January 12
 CPTV
No. 1 Miami W 96–50  18–0
Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
Hartford,CT
January 15
 CPTV
No. 1 Georgetown W 85–41  19–0
McDonough Gymnasium 
Washington,DC
January 19
 CPTV
No. 1 Villanova W 93–60  20–0
The Pavilion 
Villanova,PA
January 21
 ESPN
No. 1 Notre Dame W 80–53  21–0
XL Center 
Hartford,CT
January 26
 CPTV
No. 1 Boston College W 79–56  22–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
January 29
 CPTV
No. 1 Virginia Tech W 59–50  23–0
Cassell Coliseum 
Blacksburg,VA
February 03
 BETV
No. 1 Providence W 85–61  24–0
 
Providence ,RI
February 06
 CPTV
No. 1 Seton Hall W 92–40  25–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
February 10
 CPTV
No. 1 Virginia Tech W 77–42  26–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
February 13
 CPTV
No. 1 Syracuse W 85–55  27–0
 
Syracuse,NY
February 20
 CPTV
No. 1 Providence W 106–41  28–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
February 23
 CPTV
No. 1 Rutgers W 80–42  29–0
Louis Brown Athletic Center 
Piscataway,NJ
February 26
 CPTV
No. 1 West Virginia W 89–60  30–0
 
Morgantown,WV
2002 Big East Women's Basketball Tournament
March 03
 CPTV
No. 1 Seton Hall W 78–48  31–0
Louis Brown Athletic Center 
Piscataway,NJ
March 04
 BETV
No. 1 Villanova W 83–39  32–0
Louis Brown Athletic Center 
Piscataway,NJ
March 05
 ESPN2
No. 1 Boston College W 96–54  33–0
Louis Brown Athletic Center 
Piscataway,NJ
2002 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 16*
No. 1 St. Francis (Pa) W 86–37  34–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
March 17*
 ESPN
No. 1 Iowa W 86–48  35–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs,CT
March 23*
 ESPN2
No. 1 Penn State W 82–64  36–0
U.S. Cellular Arena 
Milwaukee,WI
March 25*
 ESPN2
No. 1 Old Dominion W 85–64  37–0
U.S. Cellular Arena 
Milwaukee,WI
March 29*
 ESPN
No. 1 Tennessee W 79–56  38–0
Alamodome 
San Antonio,TX
March 31*
 ESPN
No. 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]

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