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Lobo, Rebecca (1973–)

Lobo, Rebecca (1973–)

American basketball player. Born Oct 6, 1973, Southwick, MA; daughter of Dennis Lobo and RuthAnn Lobo (school officials in Granby, CT); sister of Rachel Lobo, basketball coach; University of Connecticut, BA in political science, 1995; m. Steve Rushin (columnist for Sports Illustrated), 2002.

Center; as a college senior, was University of Connecticut's all-time career leader in rebounds (1,286) and blocks (396) and gained national popularity (1995); was a member of the undefeated USA Basketball Women's National Team that played 52 games around the world (1996); won a team gold medal at Atlanta Olympics (1996); played for New York Liberty of WNBA (1997–2001); drafted by Houston Comets (2002); joined Connecticut Sun (2003); retired from competition (2003). Voted Big East player of the year (1993–95); earned 1st-team academic All-America honors (1994–95); won Naismith award (1995); named national player of the year by Associated Press (1995), the first time the AP awarded that honor to a woman; received Wade Trophy (1995).

See also RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo, The Home Team: Of Mothers, Daughters, and American Champions (Kodansha, 1997); and Women in World History.

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