UConn adds Franco-Mexican player to its ranks

STORRS, Conn. — Lou Lopez-Senechalthe Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year, is transferring from Fairfield to UConn, the Huskies announced Saturday.

The 6-foot-1 forward, who is scheduled to graduate this spring from Fairfield with a degree in marketing, will have one year of eligibility remaining.

López-Sénéchal, a native of Mexico who grew up in Grenoble, France, averaged 16.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in four seasons at Fairfield, finishing with 1,598 career points and 470 rebounds. In her fourth year this past season, López-Sénéchal averaged 19.6 points and 4.6 rebounds, leading the Stags to the MAAC title and her first NCAA tournament appearance since 2001.

“We’re excited to have Lou join our program,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “She comes to us with a lot of experience and she is a smart, tough, hard-working player. Lou is a great scorer and we can’t wait for her to get to work in June.”

López-Sénéchal tweeted this Saturday: “So blessed and excited for this opportunity and to start this new chapter! Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point.”

UConn will return with eight players from a team that went 30-6 last season and reached a record 14th straight Final Four before losing in the national championship game to South Carolina.

The Huskies are also adding another top recruiting class with the McDonald’s All-Americans, isuneh brady Y Ayanna Patterson, ready to join the program. Brady is a 6-foot-3 post player from San Diego and Patterson is a 6-foot-2 forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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UConn adds Franco-Mexican player to its ranks