Allen, Lobo to have num­bers re­tired

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By David Borges david.borges @hearst­medi­act.com

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.

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