The All-Time UConn Women's Basketball Starting 5

Former Connecticut Huskies star Breanna Stewart
Former Connecticut Huskies star Breanna Stewart | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

There is every other women's basketball program on the planet, and then there are the UConn Huskies. Geno Auriemma has built the consummate dynasty on the back of his unrivaled consistency as a coach and program leader, constantly getting the most out of the best recruits in the country. Above all, these five Lady Huskies helped bring championship glory to Storrs while earning exemplary marks for their individual performance, earning a spot in our all-time starting five.

5. Center: Tina Charles

New York Liberty center Tina Charles
New York Liberty center Tina Charles | Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Charles was a unique problem for defenses to handle, as her athleticism, height, and power allowed her to bulldoze her way into the middle and dominate the paint. She is still the all-time leader in rebounds in program history, and clocks in fourth overall in points. A star for the WNBA's New York Liberty, she gets the edge over the great Rebecca Lobo on this team at center.

4. Forward: Breanna Stewart

Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart
Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart | Rob Carr/Getty Images

Napheesa Collier made a convincing case, but it was Stewart and he three Player of the Year awards that earned her the power forward spot in this team. A versatile performer with handles, speed, and a sweet shot, Stewart was as complete an offensive player as Auriemma has coached during his time with Connecticut. Stewart's refined game has allowed her to keep her dominance rolling in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm, where she was the 2018 Finals MVP.

3. Forward: Maya Moore

Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore | Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Maya Moore won two championships and two Player of the Year awards in college, and all she's done with the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA is make All-WNBA seven times (five First Teams) while winning four titles in seven years. Moore is still the all-time leading scorer in program history while coming in second in rebounds, fourth in steals, and ninth in assists. She was the single easiest selection for this list.

2. Guard: Nykesha Sales

Former UConn star Nykesha Sales
Former UConn star Nykesha Sales

Sales, who was the leading scorer in program history when she left Connecticut, was the ideal Auriemma guard, as he speed, quick decision making, and ability to avoid turning the ball over helped those dominant teams of the mid-1990s steamroll their way their way to championship glory. A seven-time WNBA All-Star, Sales is now back in the college ranks as an assistant coach at UCF.

1. Guard: Diana Taurasi

Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi
Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Taurasi and Sue Bird both have legit claims for this spot, but the totality of Taurasi's basketball career in Storrs pushes her just ahead. Taurasi helped the Huskies take home three consecutive NCAA championships from 2002-2004, then continued her winning ways with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, where she is still doing her thing to this day. A legend in every sense of the word!

ALL-TIME BENCH: Sue Bird, Napheesa Collier, Rebecca Lobo, Jenniffer Rizzotti