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The top women basketball players to come out of UConn

Here are the three greatest players to ever come out of Connecticut basketball's long and illustrious history.


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Diana Taurasi

Skills: A premier all-around threat; ideal/prototype combo guard who can shoot with range, or use her body and intelligence to get to the basket; near unstoppable scorer in her prime; sensational passer from anywhere on the court.

 

She's the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, won three WNBA championships (2007, 2009, 2014), WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2009), two WNBA Finals MVP Awards (2009, 2014), four Olympic gold medals, (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five WNBA scoring titles (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). 

 

She has seven WNBA All-Star team and 12 total All-WNBA team selections. She is one of 9 women to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship and a WNBA Championship. 

 

In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time. 

 

She's a six-time Euroleague champion, and a winner of eight domestic league champions (7-Russia, 1-Turkey).

I just try to be the best basketball player that day. It's been 20 years of that mindset.

Diana Taurasi
Guard, Phoenix Mercury

Maya Moore

Skills: Flat out winner and competitor; she's arguably the biggest winner in the history of women's basketball; plays to her size with all-around skill.

 

She won back to back national championships at Connecticut in 2009 and 2010 and was a four-time first team All-American and two-time college player of the year.

 

Within seven WNBA seasons, Moore has already won four WNBA championships (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2014), WNBA Finals MVP Award (2013), two WNBA All-Star Game MVPs (2015, 2017), two Olympic gold medals, (2012, 2016), scoring title (2014), and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2011). She also a five-time WNBA All-Star and has made six All-WNBA teams.

 

Overseas, she won both the 2012 Spanish league title and EuroLeague title with Ros Casares Valencia. Moore also won the Chinese league title from 2013 through 2015 (three-peat).

Sue Bird

Skills: One of the greatest leaders and clutch players in history; arguably the best true point guard in history.

 

Losing only four games in her entire UConn career, she was two national championships (2000, 2002), was a three-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the nation's best point guard.

 

Bird has won two WNBA championships (2004, 2010), four Olympic gold medals, (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), and led the WNBA in assists three times (2005, 2009, 2016). 

 

She has also been selected to ten WNBA All-Star teams and eight All-WNBA teams. Bird is one of nine women to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship, and a WNBA Championship.

 

In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time and was voted into the WNBA Top [email protected] as one of the league's Top 20 Players of All Time.

 

She's won four Euroleague titles and four  Russian league championships.

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