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UConn pays four women from Geno Auriemma's 2014 team after Labor Department says they were underpaid

Chris Cwik
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UConn paid women nearly $250,000 after the Labor Department said they were underpaid. (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The University of Connecticut paid out just under $250,000 to seven women — including four members of Geno Auriemma’s 2014 women’s basketball team — after the U.S. Labor Department ruled they were underpaid, according to the Associated Press.

The seven women included two law professors and five women in the school’s athletic department. Four of those women — Chris Dailey, Sarah Darras, Marisa Moseley and Shea Ralph — were all part of the 2014 women’s basketball team, which was coached by Auriemma.

The U.S. Labor Department found those women were underpaid based on what the university paid men in similar positions. The Labor Department added it still found a pay disparity “even when legitimate factors affecting pay were taken into account.”

The women will receive between $5,000 and $50,000, according to the AP.

UConn’s 2014 women’s basketball team won NCAA championship

The 2014 UConn women’s basketball team entered the 2014 season looking for its third straight NCAA championship. UConn went 29-1 in the regular season, with the team’s only loss coming against Stanford. UConn then won the UCC Tournament before winning six straight games and repeating as NCAA champs. UConn — which was ranked No. 1 at the time — beat No. 2 Notre Dame 63-53 in the championship.

The team was led by Breanna Stewart — who won nearly every major women’s basketball award that season. Stewart was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm. She led the Storm to championships in 2018 and 2020, and was the WNBA MVP in 2018.

Auriemma has coached the UConn women’s basketball team since 1985.

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