Former UConn athletes earned six Olympic medals after the United States women’s basketball team beat Spain in the gold medal game on Saturday and the Canadian women’s soccer team beat Brazil in the bronze medal match on Friday.
Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi led the Americans to their medal, while Stephanie Labbe patrolled the goal for the Canadians.
Those six medals won by former Huskies was tied for 10th-most among American colleges and universities. The Huskies are the highest among the Group of Five and are the only non-Power Five team in the top-15 list released by USA Today.
Thanks to swimming, Pac-12 schools dominated the rankings, with Stanford (25), California (21) and USC (21) taking the top spots. There is a big gap between the top-three and the rest, with a seven-medal gap between UConn and fourth place Florida, whose alumni earned 13 medals between 11 athletes.
Sue Bird averaged 3.7 points a game to go along with 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game as part of a balanced attack. Her 4.4 assists per game led the team.
In 19.1 minutes per game, Tina Charles scored 19.1 points and had 3.1 assists. Her 4.6 rebounds per game was fourth among Americans.
Maya Moore was second on the team with 12.0 points per game and was third in minutes per game, logging 19.3 minutes per game. He was second in assists, with 4.2 and was tied for second with 5.6 rebounds per game.
Breanna Stewart averaged 8.1 points in 10.9 minutes per game, the highest points per minute on the team. She also had 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
Diana Taurasi led the team with both 15.6 points and 24.4 minutes per game. She was tied for third in assists with 3.2 per game and had 2.5 rebounds per game.
Stephanie Labbe played in five of Canada’s six games, allowing four goals. She shut out Australia and France.