Rebecca Lobo
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Rebecca Lobo in action.
Photos researched by: Jennifer Yanez & Kelly Cerrito

Country of Origin & Ethnic Background

By: Jaquelin Ibarra & Fatima Trejo

Rebecca Lobo was born in Southwick, Massachusetts. Her father, Dennis Lobo, is from the Cuban and Polish descent, and her mother, Ruth Ann Lobo, is from the German and Irish heritage. Rebecca was raised by Catholic parents. Both of them were teachers. Her success was partly in thanks to her mom’s rule: “If your grades don’t improve, basketball is the first thing to go.” Rebecca’s parents supported Lobo and the Huskies to a 30-3 record in 1993.  In 1996, Rebecca and Ruth Ann collaborated on a book called The Home Team,which deals with Ruth Ann’s battle with breast cancer.     


By: Larissa Sisneros & Luz Nogueda

Rebecca Rose Lobo was born on October 6, 1973 in Hartford, Connecticut. In fifth grade Rebecca started attending summer basketball games. Towering at 6’4”, Lobo went to high school and then attended the University of Connecticut. In a basketball game Lobo broke the meniscus that connects her knee. She is a professional basketball player and was selected to play in the first ever WNBA All-Star game in 1999. This female athlete spent five years of her career in New York. She played the position of forward in basketball. Rebecca was on the team, New York Liberty, from 1997 to 2002. The successful basketball player married Sports Illustrated columnist, Steve Rushin on April 12, 2003. Her daughter, Siobhan Rose Rushin was born on December 25, 2004.


By: Khameyah Taylor & Melanie Torres

Rebecca Lobo is famous for many things. For example, in 1990 she became the top scorer in Massachusetts High School history with 2,710 points. Two years later, she went to the Big East Tournament as the most valuable player (MVP). She was also the Rookie of the Year in 1992. From 1994 to 1995, Rebecca became more important to the team and won more awards. In 1997, the female athlete and her teammates were the Eastern All-Star team. Clearly, Lobo’s career was in its prime through the years 1990 to 1997.

List of Achievements

1990 Becomes top scorer in Massachusetts high school history with 2,710 points
1992 Big East Rookie of the Year
1994 Kodak All-American
1994-95 Big East Player of the Year
1994-95 Big East Scholar-Athlete
1994-95 Big East tournament MVP
1994-95 Academic All-American
1995 Naismith National Player of the Year
1995 NCAA Final Four MVP
1995 Wade Trophy
1995 Named sport woman of the Year by Women's Sports Foundation
1996 Named to UA Basket  
1994 Kodak First team All-America
1994 Honda-Broderick Cup
1995 ESPY Award–Outstanding Female Athlete
1995 AP Female Athlete of the Year
1995 NCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Year
1995 Women's Sports Foundation–Woman of the Year
1995 Wade Trophy[5]
1995 Kodak First team All-America
1997 All WNBA Second team
1997 WNBA Eastern All-Star team