Baby Steps: Five Women's Freshmen Who Made A Difference

Five players who showed up in Storrs and made an impact on the UConn women's basketball team as freshmen:

Maya Moore (2007-08)


Started 30 games in 2007-08 and averaged 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds to become the first freshman in

Big East

history, men or women, to be named conference player of the year. She also was named first-team All-American by the Associated Press after helping lead the


to their first Final Four since 2004.

Diana Taurasi


Started 14 games on a talent-packed 2000-01 team, but helped lead it to the Final Four by averaging 10.9 points and shooting 38.6 percent on three-pointers. She led the team in free throw percentage.

Svetlana Abrosimova



Scored 538 points (14.5) in 37 games, second only to Moore (678) among freshmen scorers in program history. Her 235 rebounds are third all-time behind Tina Charles and Moore and her 90 steals are second behind

Nykesha Sales

. Made the Big East's all-tournament team.

Tamika Williams (1998-99)


Started 19 games, averaging 22.4 minutes, 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Named freshman of the year by The Sporting News and Big East. She scored a career-high 25 points against Miami on Feb. 6 as a freshman.

Rebecca Lobo


Unanimous pick as Big East rookie of the year after leading the team in rebounding and blocked shots. She set the record, at that time, by being the Big East's rookie of the week seven times, the first time any UConn player had been chosen more than four times.