Former UConn Star Becomes a Member of the Newest WNBA Franchise

Rebecca Lobo Joins Connecticut Sun

UNCASVILLE, CT, February 14, 2003 – The Connecticut Sun, the state’s new WNBA franchise, announced it has acquired former University of Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo from the Houston Comets in exchange for its second-round draft pick in the 2003 college draft.

Rebecca Lobo joins the Sun.
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The 6’4” Lobo is revered in Connectiut after leading the 1995 UConn Huskies to their first national championship in 1995 with a perfect 35-0 record. (Check out the Rebecca Lobo photo gallery!)

Lobo, 29, is one of the WNBA’s original players and was assigned to the New York Liberty, along with Teresa Weatherspoon, in the WNBA’s first player allocations on January 22, 1997. Lobo spent first five years of her career with New York and was acquired by the Comets from the New York Liberty in exchange for Houston’s second-round selection (26th overall) in the 2002 WNBA Draft. Voted as a member of the first-ever WNBA Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 1999 held at Madison Square Garden, Lobo was named to the All-WNBA Second Team in 1997.

“One of our great hopes when we purchased the franchise is that we’d be able to bring a great UConn star home. Reuniting Rebecca and Nykesha Sales and putting together a team of great players that Conneticut will come to love is our goal, and we hope that fans will enjoy being part of the action,” said Christopher Sienko, General Manager, Connecticut Sun. “Rebecca is a leader on and off the court. She has become one of Connecticut’s ‘favorite daughters,’ and will be a great spokesperson for our team.”

Season tickets are already available at the Mohegan Sun Box office or by calling 877-SUNTIXX. Individual game tickets will go on sale in April.

The Connecticut Sun will tip off its inaugural season at home at the Mohegan Sun Arena on May 24th, taking on the two-time defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks. The game will be the first of seven Saturday afternoon games aired on the league’s new broadcast partner, ABC. Mohegan Sun Arena will play host to 16 of the Sun’s 17 home games in 2003. Connecticut’s July 27th game vs. the Charlotte Sting will be at the Hartford Civic Center on July 26th at 4 p.m. EDT.