It’s been a long time since Rebecca Lobo had to say, “Get you next time.”
The exact date was March 26, 1994. That was the last time a team with Lobo on its roster lost a game a defeat in her junior year at Connecticut when the Huskies were beaten by North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament regional finals.
Since then there was a perfect senior season at Connecticut that culminated with a national championship, 52 victories with the U.S. national team, eight wins on the way to Olympic gold in Atlanta and the first four games of the inaugural WNBA season with the New York Liberty. That’s 99 in a row.
No. 100 could be Wednesday night when the Liberty play host to the Houston Comets.
“I don’t think about it all that much. I’ve been blessed,” Lobo said Sunday after the Liberty won their home opener at Madison Square Garden before a women’s professional record crowd of 17,780. “I’ve been with great teams, great coaches, great teammates.”It feels pretty good to be on a team where winning is the important thing not who scores the most points or gets the headlines,” Lobo said. “That’s what this team is about and that’s why this team is winning.”
Lobo had 13 points in the 65-57 victory over Phoenix and her 12.8 average leads four double-figure scorers. She leads the team in rebounds and blocks, and judging by the reaction of those in attendance, she also leads in fan recognition.
“I’m used to crazy fans, but not 17,000 of them, maybe 8,000,” she said, referring to a full house at Connecticut’s Gampel Pavilion.
Lobo was asked if she had lost at anything the last three years.
“Oh, yeah,” she said. “I’m not a very good pool player. I’ve lost pickup basketball games. I’ve lost a lot of things, but this is where it matters. I’m not good enough to play competitive golf yet.
“I did win a closest-to-the-pin contest,” she admitted. “It was about 10 feet away. It was a long par-3, but I shot from the ladies tee, so maybe that helped.”
Then she got serious one last time.
“God’s blessed me pretty well.”
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