Ralph returns to Connecticut as assistant coach

STORRS, Conn. -- Former University of Connecticut standout Shea Ralph will return to Storrs as an assistant coach.

Ralph was captain of the Huskies when they won the 2000 national championship. She finished her college career eighth on UConn's all-time scoring list and in the top 10 in assists, steals and field-goal percentage.

The WNBA's Utah Starzz chose Ralph in the 2001 draft, but a knee injury cut short her pro career. She served the past five seasons as assistant coach at Pittsburgh.

Ralph will replace Tonya Cardoza, who recently became head coach at Temple after 14 years with the Huskies.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said he's looking forward to Ralph bringing the same passion to the coaching staff that she brought as a player.