Rebecca Lobo has spent most of her life on the court. The 6’4″ center for the UConn Huskies was a massive figure on-court. A hall of Famer, Lobo played on the top tier from 1997 to 2003. In her time as a player, Lobo managed to rake up a few records for herself. She was part of the team that won the 1995 national championship. They did so in style by going 35-0 in the regular season. Lobo took her rightful place in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2017, Lobo was also inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition to being a basketball player, she is also a television analyst, a writer and a mother.
Rebecca Rose Lobo-Rushin
Date of birth
October 6, 1973
Place of birth
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Mixed (Cuban, German and Irish)
Four: Siobhan, Maeve, Thomas, and Rose
RuthAnn and Dennis Lobo
Rachel and Jason Lobo
Southwick-Tolland (Southwick, Massachusetts)
Former basketball player, Television basketball analyst and commentator for ESPN
September 23, 2003
Represented the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games (gold medal) and the 1992 U18 Junior World Championship and 1993 U19 Junior World Championship
Estimated between $2 to $5 million
New York Liberty (1997–2001), Houston Comets (2002), Connecticut Sun (2003)
WNBA All-Star (1999), All-WNBA Second Team (1997)
NCAA champion (1995), Honda Sports Award (1995), Naismith College Player of the Year (1995), Wade Trophy (1995), AP Player of the Year (1995), USBWA Player of the Year (1995), WBCA Player of the Year (1995)
Hall of Fame
Basketball Hall of Fame (2017), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2010)
Ball & Chain
Co-authored The Home Team
Awards and recognition
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–Sportswoman of the Year (1995), Wade Trophy (1995), Kodak First team All-America (1995), Honda Sports Award, basketball (1995), All WNBA Second team(1997), WNBA Eastern All-Star team (1997), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2010), Basketball Hall of Fame (2017), UConn jersey No. 50 retired (2019)
Controversies and rumors
She is not currently facing any big controversies and rumors.
Rebecca Rose Lobo was born on the 6th of October 1973 in Hartford, Connecticut. Rebeccas shares a mixed descent and is part Irish, German, and Cuban. The youngest daughter in the house, Rebecca would often play basketball with her siblings. Raised in Southwick, Massachusetts, Rebecca attended the Southwick-Tolland Regional High School. She played basketball during her time in high school and held the state basketball scoring record for 18 years.
Following her achievements in high school basketball, Rebecca was scouted by several Universities. She later decided to join the University of Connecticut and continued to impress the world with her talents. A regular on the team, Rebecca helped the Huskies to win the National Championship in 1995. The Huskies made a record by going 35-0 in the regular season. During the championship year, Rebecca won Naismith College Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year, USBWA Player of the Year, Wade Trophy recipient, and was also named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Taking it to higher levels
After a break out season at the University, Rebecca started creating waves in the basketball world. She was included in the U-18 US National Team to compete in Mexico. She helped the team reach second losing to Brazil in the finals. Lobo was then promoted to the senior squad which won gold in the 1996 Olympics. When WNBA held its inaugural season in 1997, Rebecca donned the jersey of New York Liberty. The team finished second losing out to the Houston Comets. Rebecca tore her ACL in the 1999 season which scraped her chances of continuing her amazing form. In 2002, Rebecca was traded to the Comets where she played for a year. She was then traded to Connecticut Suns before retiring in 2003.
Life as a broadcaster
After retiring from her playing career, Rebecca continued to be associated with basketball. She donned the role of a broadcaster and worked with ESPN. She is with the network to date and works on several WNBA games.
Apart from basketball, Rebecca also loves charities. She helped to co-write the book The Home Team which was written by her mother who was suffering from breast cancer. Rebecca has also established RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship and also works for the Lee National Denim Day.
As a former athlete and broadcaster Rebecca makes a comfortable living. There is no official data confirming her net worth however a rough estimate points her net worth somewhere between $2 to $5M. She earned most of her income from playing in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) for seven seasons, representing the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games, and working as a commentator for ESPN. She also co-authored a book with her mother and received several awards and honors for her achievements in sports and academics.
Rebecca Lobo is in a long time marriage with writer Steve Rushin. Steve Rushin is an American journalist, sportswriter, and novelist.
The pair met back in 2001 at a sports bar in Manhattan. When they first met, Rebecca confronted Steve on the comments he had made in an article about the WNBA. When Steve confessed that he had never attended a WNBA game, Rebecca invited him to one of the games. The pair soon began dating and got married in 2003.
In over 23 years of marriage, the pair has given birth to four children: three girls and a boy.