Allen, Lobo to have numbers retired
Hall of Famers Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo will be the first players ever to have their uniforms retired by the University of Connecticut.
Allen’s No. 34 and Lobo’s No. 50 will be formally retired during the first weekend of March, the school announced on Friday. Allen became the first UConn men’s alum inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September, while Lobo was enshrined in 2017.
“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,” director of athletics David Benedict said in a statement. “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.”
Allen and Lobo are both members of the Huskies of Honor inaugural class in 2006. Numerous former Huskies’ jerseys are retired in the Huskies of Honor, but No. 34 and No. 50 will become unavailable in perpetuity after this year — an honor that will only be bestowed upon Hall of Famers.
The retirements will be held in separate ceremonies. Lobo’s will be on Saturday, March 2, when UConn hosts Houston at 1 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion. Allen’s will be on Sunday, March 3, when the Huskies host USF at Gampel at noon. UConn isn’t sure yet whether the ceremonies will be held pregame, postgame or at halftime.
Over the summer, former UConn coach (and Hall of Famer) Jim Calhoun suggested that Allen and Lobo should have their numbers retired, and that plans were in the works to do so. Allen said at the time he would be honored, but the decision was up to UConn.
Lobo finished her career with 2,133 points, 1,268 rebounds, and 396 blocked shots in 126 games. The Southwick, Mass. native was the unanimous National Player of the Year in 1995 and a two-time First Team All-American in addition to being honored as the Big East Player of the Year twice.