« Women’s Basketball 2013-14

Stefanie Dolson

School

Connecticut

Position
Center
Major
communication sciences
PPG
12.4
RPG
9.1
APG
3.4

Classroom

Dolson is majoring in communication sciences and is interested in pursuing a career in television. She was named to the Director of Athletics’ Honor Roll four times and will graduate in May of 2014

Character

Dolson blossomed into a leadership role in 2012-13.  She has learned how to lead all different types of people through good times and bad.  Her leadership was big reason UConn won its eighth national championship in 2013 after losing in the National Semifinal game in 2011 and 2012.  She has the type of personality that unites everyone, not only because she is full of energy but also because that energy is genuine.  People follow those with great integrity and she is full of integrity.  She was not that highly recruited but through hard work and dedication she has transformed herself into one of the elite centers in the country.  She suffered two debilitating injuries late last season but overcame the pain and was still one of the most valuable players on the floor at all times.

Community

Over her three-plus years at UConn, Dolson has participated in several community service efforts with the women’s basketball team.  Dolson and the team have visited the Connecticut Children’s Hospital several times and volunteered in head coach Geno Auriemma’s Fore the Kids golf tournament.  She and the team have also participated in the Walk for Autism two times in Connecticut and volunteered at a free pasta dinner at Coventry High School to benefit those affected by Hurricane Irene.  She and the team also partnered with Baylor University to raise over $30,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund this past February.

Competition

A 2012-13 WBCA/State Farm All-America Team selection, Dolson is a two-time First Team All-Conference selection and is one of only two Huskies all-time to be honored as an All-Conference Tournament Team four times.  The Port Jervis, N.Y. native is fourth in UConn history in field goal percentage and blocked shots and is one of only five Huskies to accrue at least 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.  Dolson became only the second Husky all-time to register a triple-double with a 24-point, 14-rebound, 11-assist effort against Oregon on November 20 and she has posted career highs in rebounds, assists, blocks and steals during the 2013-14 campaign.  She led the Huskies to their third Conference Tournament Championship in the last four years and the squad enters the NCAA Tournament undefeated for the sixth time in school history.  Dolson enters NCAA Tournament play averaging 12.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.1 blocks while boasting a team-best 56.1 shooting percentage.