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Rebecca Lobo
Rebecca Lobo's Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech
Published: 2017/09/09
Channel: WNBA
Rebecca Lobo Career Retrospective
Rebecca Lobo Career Retrospective
Published: 2017/09/09
Channel: WNBA
Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo
Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo's Career Highlights!
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: WNBA
Rebecca Lobo Tribute Film
Rebecca Lobo Tribute Film
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
Rebecca Lobo on the Late Show with David Letterman
Rebecca Lobo on the Late Show with David Letterman
Published: 2016/06/30
Channel: tcf15
Geno Auriemma remembers recruiting Rebecca Lobo
Geno Auriemma remembers recruiting Rebecca Lobo
Published: 2015/10/29
Channel: YESNetwork
Rebecca Lobo - 60 Days of Summer 2017 interview
Rebecca Lobo - 60 Days of Summer 2017 interview
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: OfficialHoophall
Rebecca Lobo Accepts Induction into the Connecticut Women
Rebecca Lobo Accepts Induction into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
FINDING YOUR ROOTS | Rebecca Lobo, Preview | PBS
FINDING YOUR ROOTS | Rebecca Lobo, Preview | PBS
Published: 2014/09/27
Channel: PBS
Sesame Street: Rebecca Lobo and the Letter O
Sesame Street: Rebecca Lobo and the Letter O
Published: 2011/01/18
Channel: Sesame Street
Rebecca Lobo Drops 20 Points and 7 Rebounds vs Rockers in 1997
Rebecca Lobo Drops 20 Points and 7 Rebounds vs Rockers in 1997
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: WNBA
Rebecca Lobo vs Mike Golic
Rebecca Lobo vs Mike Golic
Published: 2015/03/29
Channel: TrueCoIors
Rebecca Lobo on Sesame Street
Rebecca Lobo on Sesame Street
Published: 2010/03/13
Channel: Matl0ck
Hall Of Fame Ceremony: Rebecca Lobo Interview || NBA || Sep, 8th 2017
Hall Of Fame Ceremony: Rebecca Lobo Interview || NBA || Sep, 8th 2017
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: Sports News Center
New York Liberty vs Los Angeles Sparks Recap - June 21, 1997
New York Liberty vs Los Angeles Sparks Recap - June 21, 1997
Published: 2016/05/14
Channel: WNBA
Rebecca Lobo can
Rebecca Lobo can't believe how much has changed since first title run in '95
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: SportzEdge.com
Rebecca Lobo Stars For the Houston Comets!
Rebecca Lobo Stars For the Houston Comets!
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: WNBA
WNBA at 20 - Rebecca Lobo
WNBA at 20 - Rebecca Lobo
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: WNBA
Rebecca Lobo, Southwick native, talks Hall of Fame induction
Rebecca Lobo, Southwick native, talks Hall of Fame induction
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: MassLive
Rebecca Lobo Reebok Commercial 1997
Rebecca Lobo Reebok Commercial 1997
Published: 2013/03/03
Channel: Michael Oh
Rebecca Lobo on Chris Dailey
Rebecca Lobo on Chris Dailey
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: Lee Lewis
Rebecca Lobo and tiny woman
Rebecca Lobo and tiny woman
Published: 2010/06/20
Channel: Sarah and Lisa
UCONN 1995 Women
UCONN 1995 Women's NCAA Division 1 Championship part-2
Published: 2013/10/23
Channel: Linwood Russell
Rebecca Lobo inducted into CT Women
Rebecca Lobo inducted into CT Women's Hall of Fame
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: SportzEdge.com
2014 First Night: Rebecca Lobo & Sue Bird Tribute
2014 First Night: Rebecca Lobo & Sue Bird Tribute
Published: 2014/10/18
Channel: UConn Huskies
Up & Close with Basketball Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo
Up & Close with Basketball Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: Umoja TWO TV
Rebecca Lobo Talks About Her Experience in the Olympics and With Liberty!
Rebecca Lobo Talks About Her Experience in the Olympics and With Liberty!
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: WNBA
Rebecca Lobo’s Transition From College To The USA Women’s Team
Rebecca Lobo’s Transition From College To The USA Women’s Team
Published: 2016/04/27
Channel: WNBA
Rebecca Lobo looks back on Southwick days and the trails she blazed.
Rebecca Lobo looks back on Southwick days and the trails she blazed.
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: Tom Leyden
Rebecca Lobo Injury
Rebecca Lobo Injury
Published: 2008/04/17
Channel: CincySportsMed and Sportsmetrics
Web Extra: Rebecca Lobo Highlights, Part 1
Web Extra: Rebecca Lobo Highlights, Part 1
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: WTNH News8
Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King, Rebecca Lobo | FINDING YOUR ROOTS Season 2, Ep. 2, Preview | PBS
Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King, Rebecca Lobo | FINDING YOUR ROOTS Season 2, Ep. 2, Preview | PBS
Published: 2014/09/25
Channel: PBS
Rebecca Lobo: Basketball Broadcasting Ambassador
Rebecca Lobo: Basketball Broadcasting Ambassador
Published: 2011/09/27
Channel: Mike Peden
Rebecca Lobo on 1995 team
Rebecca Lobo on 1995 team
Published: 2008/11/16
Channel: hartfordcourantnews
Midco Minute Web Exclusive: Rebecca Lobo
Midco Minute Web Exclusive: Rebecca Lobo
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Midco Sports Network
Former Husky Rebecca Lobo On Which UConn Draft Class is Deeper?
Former Husky Rebecca Lobo On Which UConn Draft Class is Deeper?
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: UConn Report
Rebecca Lobo goes 2:1 with Butterflies
Rebecca Lobo goes 2:1 with Butterflies
Published: 2009/06/03
Channel: MyWorkButterfly
Rebecca Lobo can
Rebecca Lobo can't wait for Hall of Fame enshrinement
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: SportzEdge.com
Binghamton University Collegiate Women
Binghamton University Collegiate Women's Luncheon with Rebecca Lobo
Published: 2015/04/29
Channel: BinghamtonAthletics
Rebecca Lobo proud of time with Connecticut Sun
Rebecca Lobo proud of time with Connecticut Sun
Published: 2017/07/01
Channel: SportzEdge.com
Rebecca Lobo Former WNBA
Rebecca Lobo Former WNBA
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: Mr. MSSTV Guide Channel
Tedy Bruschi, Rebecca Lobo and Colin Cowherd on the Physical Transition to Retirement
Tedy Bruschi, Rebecca Lobo and Colin Cowherd on the Physical Transition to Retirement
Published: 2012/02/24
Channel: CTFORUM
Education and Leadership Luncheon - Rebecca Lobo
Education and Leadership Luncheon - Rebecca Lobo
Published: 2017/09/09
Channel: Springfield College
Rebecca Lobo introduction at Liberty celebration
Rebecca Lobo introduction at Liberty celebration
Published: 2016/06/26
Channel: Excelle Sports
Rebecca Lobo PSA
Rebecca Lobo PSA
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: ConnecticutSportsFdn
Rebecca Lobo speaks at Binghamton University
Rebecca Lobo speaks at Binghamton University's 10th Annual Celebrating Women's Athletics Luncheon
Published: 2015/04/27
Channel: Donnie Dwyer
Rebecca Lobo helps inspire young women at CT Open
Rebecca Lobo helps inspire young women at CT Open
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: SportzEdge.com
CWHF2016 Teaser - Rebecca Lobo, Jane Pauley, Joyce Yerwood
CWHF2016 Teaser - Rebecca Lobo, Jane Pauley, Joyce Yerwood
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
espn
espn's Rebecca Lobo discusses Baylor Lady Bears -- espn press conference
Published: 2012/03/31
Channel: Houston Roundball Review
2017 WNBA Draft Conference Call: Rebecca Lobo & LeChina Robinson
2017 WNBA Draft Conference Call: Rebecca Lobo & LeChina Robinson
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: 365 Sports Network
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Rebecca Lobo-Rushin
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Personal information
Born (1973-10-06) October 6, 1973 (age 44)
Hartford, Connecticut
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Career information
High school Southwick-Tolland
(Southwick, Massachusetts)
College Connecticut (1991–1995)
WNBA draft 1997 / Allocated
Selected by the New York Liberty
Playing career 1997–2003
Position Center
Number 50
Career history
1997–2001 New York Liberty
2002 Houston Comets
2003 Connecticut Sun
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Rebecca Rose Lobo-Rushin (born October 6, 1973) is an American television basketball analyst and former women's basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2003. Lobo, at 6'4", played the center position for much of her career. Lobo played college basketball at the University of Connecticut, where she was a member of the team that won the 1995 national championship, going 35–0 on the season in the process. In April 2017, she was announced as one of the members of the 2017 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, alongside Tracy McGrady and Muffet McGraw.[1]

Early life and high school career[edit]

Lobo was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the youngest daughter of RuthAnn (née McLaughlin) and Dennis Joseph Lobo.[2] Her father is of Cuban descent, while her mother was of German and Irish heritage.[3] Lobo was raised a Catholic.[4][5] Her brother Jason played basketball at Dartmouth College and her sister Rachel played basketball at Salem State College. Both her parents were teachers; in addition, her father was a basketball coach.[6] Raised in Southwick, Massachusetts, Lobo was the state scoring record-holder with 2,740 points in her high school career for Southwick-Tolland Regional High School in Massachusetts.[6] She held this record for 18 years until it was eclipsed by Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir of the new Leadership Charter School in Springfield on January 26, 2009.[7]

College[edit]

More than 100 colleges recruited Lobo, but she chose the University of Connecticut due to proximity and her belief in its academic excellence.[6] She helped lead the Huskies to the 1995 National Championship with an undefeated 35-0 record. In her senior year, Lobo was the unanimous national player of the year, winning the 1995 Naismith College Player of the Year award, the Wade Trophy, the AP Player of the Year award, the USBWA Player of the Year award, the Honda Sports Award for basketball, and the WBCA Player of the Year award. Lobo was awarded the prestigious Honda-Broderick Cup for 1994-95, presented to the athlete "most deserving of recognition as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year".[8] She was a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program.[9] Lobo was named the 1995 Sportswoman of the Year (in the team category) by the Women's Sports Foundation.[10] Lobo was the first player in the Big East Conference ever to earn first team all American honors for both basketball and academics.

USA Basketball[edit]

Lobo was named to the USA U18 team (then called the Junior World Championship Qualifying Team) in 1992. The team competed in Guanajuato, Mexico in August 1992. The team won their first four games, then lost 80–70 to Brazil, finishing with the silver medal for the event, but qualifying for the 1993 world games. Lobo averaged 6.8 points per game during the event.[11]

Lobo continued with the team to the 1993 U19 World Championship (then called the Junior World Championship). The team won five games and lost two, but that left them in seventh place. Lobo averaged 7.7 points per game and recorded six blocks, highest on the team.[12]

Professional[edit]

In 1995 Lobo passed through tryouts to join the national team, which later became the US team for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Though her minutes on the floor were few, Lobo shared in the gold medal. In 1997, the WNBA was formed and enjoyed its inaugural season, and Lobo was assigned to the New York Liberty during the league's first player allocations on January 22, 1997. The first season the Liberty fell to the Houston Comets in the WNBA Finals. Lobo suffered a setback in 1999, tearing her left anterior cruciate ligament and her meniscus in the first game of the season. In 1999, she was selected to the inaugural WNBA All Star team but could not play because of the injury.[13] In 2002, she was traded to the Houston Comets in exchange for Houston’s second-round selection (26th overall) in the 2002 WNBA Draft. The next season she was traded to the Connecticut Sun, where she retired in 2003. Lobo also played two seasons in the National Women's Basketball league with the Springfield Spirit 2002 through 2003.

Sports announcing[edit]

Today, Lobo is seen as a reporter and color analyst for ESPN with a focus on women's college basketball and WNBA games.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

Lobo was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2010.[14][15]

At the induction ceremony, Lobo was introduced by her college coach, Geno Auriemma who said, in part:

No one in all the years that I’ve been there, has had the impact on the court and off the court, that Rebecca has had and has continued both in the WNBA, as being one of the founders, both as a representative of our university, as a member of the board of trustees, continuing to promote the game on ESPN, and all the other things that Rebecca has done to further the role model that she is, for all the young people that looked up to her, emulated what she has always been, a great student, a great athlete, a great person, someone that I’ve cherished to have had the opportunity to work with, and to call my friend, and now to call my boss.

Lobo talked about touring the museum and seeing the exhibit of the All American Red Heads team. She talked about the influence of her grandmothers on her life, her parents, and others who helped her with her career. Then she related an anecdote about her daughter, epitomizing how things have changed for women in the sports world:

But two years ago, a year and a half ago, my oldest daughter, who was 4 ½, and my husband was watching UConn men, playing on the television in the living room, and my daughter walked in the room and looked at the TV and said to Steve, "Are those boys playing?"

And I said, "yes".

And my daughter said, "I didn’t know boys played basketball".
— Lobo, [16]

Family and personal life[edit]

On April 12, 2003, Rebecca changed her last name from Lobo to Lobo-Rushin after marrying Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.[17] They have four children (three daughters and one son). In Steve Rushin's words: "The first words Rebecca Lobo ever spoke to me when we met in a Manhattan bar in 2001 were: 'Aren't you the guy who just mocked women's basketball in Sports Illustrated?' I blushed, broke out in a flop sweat and said, 'Yes.' A few weeks earlier, I had written that although Wilt Chamberlain claimed to have slept with 20,000 women in his lifetime, I had once slept with 7,138 women in a single night: We were all snoring in the stands at a WNBA game. It was an appalling line, and I was eager to change the subject, but Lobo wouldn't let it go. 'We get 15,000 fans at Madison Square Garden,' she said. 'How many women's games have you ever been to, anyway?' Hanging my head in shame, I admitted that I had never attended a women's basketball game before ridiculing it in a national magazine. So she invited me to one of her New York Liberty games, I accepted, and 23 months later we were married."[18]

Breast cancer advocate and health spokesperson[edit]

In 1996, Lobo and her late mother, Ruth Ann Lobo, collaborated on a book entitled The Home Team,[19] which dealt with Ruth Ann's battle with breast cancer. They also founded the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship, which offers a scholarship to the UConn School of Allied Health for Hispanic students.[20]

Rebecca was the 1996 spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day fund raiser which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education.

Starting in 2000, Lobo served as national spokesperson and backer for Body1.com, a consumer-targeted network of sites providing interactive content-rich information on medical technologies that treat ailments and diseases specific to body parts. Due to her recurring problems with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, (ACL), she campaigned to raise awareness of knee injury risks in women. Lobo shared her story with others suffering from the same type of injury and strongly advocated for patient self-education via the Internet.[21]

Awards and honors[edit]

College statistics[edit]

Rebecca Lobo Statistics[27] at University of Connecticut
Year G FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT REB AVG A TO B S MIN PTS AVG
1991–92 29 167 338 0.494 0 1 0.000 82 117 0.701 228 7.9 26 78 46 30 675 416 14.3
1992–93 29 189 421 0.449 29 85 0.341 77 119 0.647 326 11.2 37 75 97 26 926 484 16.7
1993–94 33 243 445 0.546 11 34 0.324 138 187 0.738 371 11.2 68 107 131 34 966 635 19.2
1994–95 35 238 476 0.5 18 51 0.353 104 154 0.675 343 9.8 129 91 122 40 1005 598 17.1
Totals 126 837 1680 0.498 58 171 0.339 401 577 0.695 1268 10.1 260 351 396 130 3572 2133 16.9

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/19052994/tracy-mcgrady-bill-self-rebecca-lobo-headline-2017-basketball-hall-fame-class
  2. ^ Hamwey, Ken (2007-09-06). "Wall full of local Warriors - Bellingham, MA - Country Gazette". Wickedlocal.com. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  3. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, PBS, September 30, 2014
  4. ^ "Celebrate Hispanic Heritage! Meet Pat Mora". Teacher.scholastic.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  5. ^ Thomson Gale biography.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Porter p. 285
  7. ^ Roberts, Selena (5 March 2009). "Enlightening the Clothes-Minded". SI.com. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE: BASKETBALL;Lobo Receives Another Award". NYTimes. 1996-01-09. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  9. ^ "Women's Basketball 1995 National Championship Team to be Recognized as "Huskies of Honor"". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Sportswoman of the Year Award". Women's Sports Foundation. Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  11. ^ "Second Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team -- 1992". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Third FIBA Women's U19/Junior World Championship -- 1993". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Litsky, Frank (1999-06-12). "PRO BASKETBALL; Torn Ligament Ends Lobo's Season Early". NYTimes. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  14. ^ "Lobo: I'm just 1st of many Huskies heading to Hall". FOXSports.com. Fox Sports Interactive Media. Jun 11, 2010. Archived from the original on April 28, 2014. Retrieved 28 Apr 2014. 
  15. ^ "Class of 2010 Inductees Announced". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  16. ^ a b Greenberg, Mel (14 June 2010). "WBHOF Wrapup I: Rebecca Lobo's Speech". Womhoops Guru. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  17. ^ Elfman, Lois (2003). "Rebecca Lobo weds at the Basketball Hall of Fame: Rebecca Lobo". Women's Basketball. Archived from the original on 2005-06-24. 
  18. ^ Rushin, Steve. "Lobo 'Schools' Sportswriter In Women's Game". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  19. ^ "The Home Team: Of Mothers, Daughters, and American Champions (9781568361994): Ruth Ann Lobo, Ruthann Lobo, Rebecca Lobo: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  20. ^ Begley, Ian (2008-12-28). "Where are they now? Former Liberty star Rebecca Lobo". Daily News. New York. 
  21. ^ "Complete Source for Shoulder Health". Shoulder1.com. Archived from the original on 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  22. ^ a b "Past Honda Sports Award Winners". Collegiate Women Sports Awards. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  23. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE: BASKETBALL;Lobo Receives Another Award". NYT. 1996-01-09. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  24. ^ "Sportswoman of the Year". Women’s Sports Foundation. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 
  25. ^ "The Wade Trophy". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 
  26. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (October 15, 2014). "Rebecca Lobo there from the start". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Connecticut Women's Basketball" (PDF). University of Connecticut. Retrieved 5 Jan 2013. 

References[edit]

  • David L. Porter, ed. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-30952-6. 

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