Former UConn star Kara Wolters part of Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Wolters, a member of UConn's first national championship team in 1995, joins Rebecca Lobo and Jen Rizzotti as three members of that 35-0 team to be selected into the Hall of Fame.
Wolters finished her career with 2,141 points, 927 rebounds and 370 blocks. At the time of her graduation Wolters' 694 points scored during her junior season was a program record.
Here are some of Geno Auriemma's thought on Wolters' prestigious honor.
"People weren't lining up from here to Chicago to recruit Kara and Jen Rizzotti," Auriemma said. "It goes to shows you that great players come in all shapes and sizes, we have a 5-5 kid and a 6-8 kid. That is the great story that you can become a great player and that team was such a special team because of the way it came together. We did have two high school All-American players that everybody knew these guys were going to special (Rebecca Lobo and Nykesha Sales) but for the careers that Jamelle had, Kara had, Carla Berube had and Jen, it was a story book kind of story and that was exactly what it turned out to be.
"All three of them were national players of the year and Kara was maybe the most dominant player in college basketball so it is not surprise to be whatsoever thinking about where she came from, where she was as a senior in high school and to be today getting the highest honor that a basketball player can get it is just a remarkable story.."
Auriemma admits that when Wolters first arrived that he wasn't sure what kind of player she was going to be.
"I remember when she stepped on campus here, I don't think this is going to work because she just really hadn't come to grips with 'this is what it is going to take,'" Auriemma said. "It didn't take her long because once she did get it, she worked and worked and made herself into the player she became through her competitiveness and force of will. Nobody can ever take that away from her, it is an incredible story."
Louise O'Neal, who guided Southern Connecticut State to appearances in the Final Four in 1971, 1973 and 1974, is also among those being inducted on June 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
O'Neal also served on the NCAA Long-Range Planning Committee, Women's Basketball Rules Committee, and NACDA Executive Board. She was the recipient of 2004 WBCA Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award and 2011 NACWAA Lifetime Achievement Award.