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Sue Bird

Communication Science
Sue Bird Winner


As one of the most decorated collegiate women’s basketball players in the history of the game, Sue Bird completed her senior season with not only a national championship, but also received virtually every conceivable player-of-the-year award, including the inaugural Women’s Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Bird was the MVP of a senior-laden team that completed the season with a pristine 39-0 record and the university’s third national championship. As a senior, Bird averaged 14.4 points per game, 5.9 assists and 2.5 steals and played a leading role in what many women’s basketball experts consider the best team of all-time. Incredibly, that U-Conn team defeated their opponents by an NCAA-record average of 34.5 points per game.

The 5-9 guard was the Huskies’ playmaker throughout her career and put her in a special category among legendary coach Gino Auriemma’s “greats” that had come through his program.