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Legendary coach Geno Auriemma told a former player she was ‘the worst rebounder’ and now she is one of the greatest rebounders in WNBA history

Business Insider India logo Business Insider India 14-09-2021 Meredith Cash
a woman holding a basketball: Legendary coach Geno Auriemma told a former player she was ‘the worst rebounder’ and now she is one of the greatest rebounders in WNBA history © AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr. Legendary coach Geno Auriemma told a former player she was ‘the worst rebounder’ and now she is one of the greatest rebounders in WNBA history
  • Tina Charles took the No. 2 spot on the WNBA's career rebounds list.
  • When reflecting on the feat, the Washington Mystics star poked fun at her college coach at UConn.
  • "That just goes out to Coach Auriemma, who always told me I was the worst rebounder," Charles said.

Tina Charles has long been one of the WNBA's greats, and now she's playing her way into the league's record books.

The Washington Mystics superstar recently overtook retired Lynx legend Rebekkah Brunson for second place on the WNBA's career rebounds list. Now, after pulling down a whopping 16 boards against the Atlanta Dream, Charles sits just over 300 rebounds behind Sylvia Fowles for the top spot.

a person holding a basketball © Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

It's a major accomplishment for the eight-time WNBA All-Star, who admitted that she was motivated by skeptics of her rebounding ability - namely her former college coach, Geno Auriemma.

"That just goes out to Coach Auriemma, who always told me I was the worst rebounder," Charles said after the game. "That's more so for him."

Geno Auriemma standing in front of a crowd © REUTERS/Mike Stone

Auriemma is widely considered one of the greatest basketball minds in the game, but he was way off target with that assessment. Not only has Charles found success on the glass at the professional level, but she finished her career as the Huskies' all-time rebounding leader.

Even with superstars like Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, and Napheesa Collier coming onto Auriemma's team after her and absolutely dominating the NCAA, Charles remains at the top of the Huskies' career boards list with 1,367 rebounds over her four seasons in Storrs.

a group of basketball players in front of a crowd © AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Still, Charles is remarkably humble about it all.

"As a post player, that's your job," Charles said following her 16-rebound showing against the Dream. Then she chuckled, adding: "Tonight, most of those offensive rebounds came was me missing shots and putting it back up."

Check out her candid interview from the night below:

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