Katie Lou Samuelson is breaking record books this season. Originally hailing from Huntington Beach, California, the 6’3” forward and guard is attracting much recognition on the East Coast. Currently playing for UConn Huskies, one of the most renowned college women’s basketball programs in the country, she is currently averaging around 19.6 points a game and 8.3 rebounds, according to Kelli Stacy of the Hartford Courant.
Samuelson is making huge strides during her senior season. Last December, she climbed up the ranking ladder to place second on UConn’s list of most three pointers scored. Following that accolade, Samuelson managed to break the 2000th point line, only a month later, scoring her 2001st point in a game versus South Florida. After receiving the pass from teammate, Christyn Williams, Samuelson easily laid the ball up on a fast break play during the third quarter. She is one of the ten people at UConn, including greats like Diana Taurasis, Breanna Steward, and Maya Moore, to have earned this desirable achievement.
Samuelson serves as a huge role model for many, as she is a quintessential example of someone who works hard for their goals. Believe it or not, not all of Lou’s talents on the court, like taking charge and the initiative, have come as easily to her. According to Michael Logan of The Daily Campus, UConn head coach, Geno Auriemma said, “‘Lou has had to change her personality a lot to become more of an effective leader and she’s done that… It’s not easy to do for kids these kids today, very few kids want to stick themselves out there because once you put your neck out there and say ‘I’m in charge of this,’ you’re going to open yourself up to a lot.’” However, the Husky remains ever so humble and simply works to do whatever has the most positive and lasting impact on the team.
The Huskies were victorious over the South Florida Bulls, with a final score of 63-46.
By Katalina de Leon ’19; Features Editor