Jan. 22, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Athletic Department will honor the 2002-03 Wildcat women's basketball team on Saturday, Jan. 26, in recognition of the team's 10-year anniversary of winning the Big East Championship and advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The team will be honored at both the Villanova men's basketball game versus Syracuse scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Center and the women's game against Syracuse set for 6 p.m. at The Pavilion.
In addition to honoring the entire 2002-03 team, Villanova will retire the jersey of former Wildcat star Trish Juhline in a ceremony scheduled for halftime of the women's game. Keeping with a Villanova tradition, the jersey will be retired but the number will stay in circulation.
The 2002-03 squad will long be remembered as one of the best teams in program history. Villanova tallied a 28-6 overall record that season and captured the Big East championship with a stunning 52-48 upset over No. 1 Connecticut on national television. The win snapped Connecticut's then NCAA record 70-game winning streak. Villanova went on to become the first Philadelphia area women's program to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The 28 wins are the second most in the history of the program.
Juhline played at Villanova from 1999-2003 and helped the Wildcats to an 85-41 record, three NCAA Tournament berths, a Big East championship and an Elite Eight appearance.
She currently ranks third all-time at Villanova in scoring with 1,659 points and 11th in assists with 385. Juhline also owns the school record for three-point field goals made in a career with 275.
During her illustrious career, she was a two-time first team All-Big East performer, becoming just the third player in program history to earn first team All-League honors more than once. She was also a two-time first team All-Big Five selection, in addition to earning both Big Five Rookie of the Year (1999-2000) and Player of the Year (2002-03) accolades.
As a senior in 2002-03, Juhline averaged 17.6 points per game, 4.3 assists per contest, 3.4 rebounds per contest and 1.5 steals per game, while connecting on 83 three-point field goals. In addition, she scored 20+ points on 12 occasions during her senior campaign. Following her senior season, Juhline was drafted in the third round of the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.