Rebecca Lobo always enjoyed visiting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The former University of Connecticut star will now have a permanent spot there.
Lobo, a native of nearby Southwick, Massachusetts, will be part of the Hall's Class of 2017, it was announced Saturday. She will be inducted as a contributor.
"Fifteen miles away, but it took a lifetime to get there," Lobo said on Twitter.
Lobo will be the first former UConn player to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. UConn coach Geno Auriemma was inducted in his first year of eligibility in 2006.
A 6-foot-4 forward, Lobo was a two-time All-American and two-time Big East Player of the Year (1994-95) and was the 1995 consensus national Player of the Year. That season she led the Huskies to a 35-0 record and the program's first national championship. She she earned NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player as she helped UConn rally from a nine-point second-half deficit to defeat Tennessee 70-64 in the final game at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
She finished her UConn career with 2,133 points, 1,268 rebounds, and 396 blocked shots in 126 games.
After earning GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team and graduating from UConn, Lobo was named to the United States national team and won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
She began her professional career with the New York Liberty when the WNBA formed in 1997 and was a WNBA All-Star in 1999. She retired in 2003 as a member of the Connecticut Sun.
Lobo then became an ESPN analyst for women's college basketball and the WNBA, a job she still holds.
Also named were Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, Kansas men's coach Bill Self, former NBA stars Tracy McGrady, former NBA and ABA star George McGinnis, former Bulls executive Jerry Krause, who died on March 21, former NCAA vice president Tom Jernstedt, European star Nikos Galis and two members of the Harlem Globetrotters -- Zack Clayton and Mannie Jackson -- and Texas high school coach Robert Hughes.
UConn's Williams voted top defender
UConn All-American forward Gabby Williams was named the WBCA NCAA Defensive Player of the Year, the orgnization announced Saturday.
The Sparks, Nevada, native was also the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She is the second UConn player to win the honor, joining Stefanie Dolson (2014).
"Gabby Williams played an incredibly valuable role for her team on the defensive end of the floor this season. Gabby is a fantastic student-athlete who has demonstrated determination, intensity, effort and teamwork at the highest level," WBCA executive director Danielle Donehew said in a statement. "Gabby has been a consistent defensive force for her team, and has earned the highest respect from opposing coaches and players. We celebrate Gabby and appreciate her contribution to her team as well as to the game of women's basketball."
Williams averaged career bests of 14.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.7 steals, and 1.4 blocked shots in helping the Huskies to a 36-1 season, the AAC regular season and tournament titles, and their 10th consecutive NCAA Final Four appearance. UConn's season ended Friday night with a 66-64 overtime loss to Mississippi State in the national semifinals in Dallas.
Auriemma was named the winner of the Naismith Trophy as Coach of the Year Saturday, the eighth time he has been so honored.
In 32 seasons, he has led the Huskies to records of 11 national championships and 18 Final Four appearances. He is third all-time in wins (991) and his winning percentage of .880 is No. 1 al- time.