Mary Anne O’Connor’s outstanding playing career at SCSC gained her national as well as in-ternational recognition. In 1973 and 1974, O’Connor’s Southern Connecticut team was ranked third in the nation. In 1973 and 1975, they captured the Northeast Regional Championship. In 1974, 1975 and 1976, O’Connor was selected for the United States National Team, and, in 1974, was named a pre-season All-American.
O’Connor saw action on the United States Pan-American Team which won the Gold Medal in Mexico City and on the first-ever United States Olympic Women’s Basketball Team which won the 1976 Silver Medal in Montreal. She played professional basketball in France from 1976 to 1984 was on the Clermont team which won the French National Championship in 1977 and 1978. Her Stade Francais team won the French National Championship in 1980, 1983, and 1984. The French Minister of Sports presented O’Connor with the Stade Francais Centennial Award in 1983.