As a student-athlete at the University of Connecticut, Rizzotti first vaulted into the national spotlight as the starting point guard for the Huskies’ first national championship team in 1995 with an undefeated 35-0 record. During the run to the national title, Jenniffer Rizzotti was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
A former All-American and the NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player after her junior and senior seasons, in 1996 Rizzotti virtually swept the postseason awards as Big East Player of the Year, Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Associated Press Player of the Year, the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Wade Trophy winner.
Rizzotti graduated as UConn’s career leader in assists (637) and steals (349) and still ranks second all-time in those categories.
Rizzotti was inducted in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June 2013. In her emotional acceptance speech she summarized, “I’m in the Hall of Fame because I played at the right school, (Uconn) at the right time with the right teammates, and I was taught to be a champion by the best coach who’s ever coached the game.” Gino Auriemma!