Two of the University of Connecticut’s biggest basketball stars will have their numbers retired.
According to the UConn Division of Athletics, former UConn basketball greats Ray Allen (#34) and Rebecca Lobo (#50) will have their numbers retired during the first weekend of March. Both Allen and Lobo were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the past two years, and both players are already members of their Huskies of Honor inaugural classes.
Uconn Athletics says retiring their numbers elevates them to a place of prominence that will be reserved for future UConn basketball alums who are inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
UConn Director of Atheletics, David Benedict, said Allen and Lobo continue to be outstanding embassadors for the school.
“Rebecca and Ray are two UConn Basketball icons who were integral to the success and growth of both programs and I am thrilled that we will be able to recognize them in this special way. Rebecca and Ray continue to be tremendous ambassadors for UConn and we are proud of all their accomplishments and grateful for their continued support of the University community.”
Both numbers 34 and 50 will become unavailable in perpetuity following the ceremony.
Lobo said she is forever grateful to her coaches for their impact on their life.
“I spent four amazing years wearing the #50 on my UConn jersey and am honored and thrilled that it will have a permanent home in the rafters of Gampel Pavilion. We all know that before long there will be plenty of other UConn women’s jerseys hanging next to mine. I am forever grateful to Coach Auriemma and CD for the impact they had on my life and would like to pass along congratulations to Ray as well.”
Allen said he was humbled to have his number retired.
“It’s truly a great honor. I know in the history of the program, nobody has had their number retired and to be the first is really unfathomable to me. I haven’t had my number retired anywhere I’ve played and to have UConn think that highly of me … I am just honored and humbled. I also want to congratulate Rebecca, and I hope this can set a precedent going forward as a way to honor men and women who have had exceptional careers in college and afterward. If this can usher in a new era as to how we proceed as we move forward, I am happy and proud to be captain of that ship.
I would like to thank everybody at UConn who was involved and the UConn fans for their tremendous support. My family and I are very much looking forward to the first weekend in March.”
The women’s team takes on Houston at Gampel Pavillion on Saturday, March 2. The men’s team hosts USF at Gampel on Sunday, March 3.