Stefanie Dolson had 10 rebounds for the 14th time in 30 games this season today. But it was one, in particular, that further solidified her place in the history of the program.
When Dolson controlled a defensive rebound off a missed jumper by Alexis Burke with 3:03 left in the first half, she became the fifth UConn player to reach 1,000 rebounds.
“It means the world,’’ Dolson said. “I never would’ve thought that it was going to happen. So for me to get that accomplishment is just … I’m really proud of myself because I didn’t think I had it in me a few years ago. And now looking back, it’s a great accomplishment.’’
Dolson, who has 1,004 career rebounds in 144 games (7.0), joins Tina Charles (1,367), Maya Moore (1,276), Rebecca Lobo (1,268) and Jamelle Elliott (1,054) in that exclusive club.
“That’s a lot of rebounds,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I didn’t know when she was a freshman what that would look like. I didn’t know how many rebounds she was going to get because she didn’t strike me as a great rebounder her freshman year. And it’s just taken a while for her to understand to go get the ball. And I’m just really proud of her because that wasn’t one of her strengths coming out of high school and she’s worked really, really hard on it. And she deserves it. She deserves to be in that group. “She’s so unselfish and does so many things for so many people that it’s good for her to be recognized like that with some of the all-time greats that we’ve had here.’’