Katie Lou Samuelson

Women’s Basketball: Huskies Fall Short in Semifinals for Third Straight Season

Women’s Basketball: Huskies Fall Short in Semifinals for Third Straight Season

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Huskies seemed poised to defeat last year’s national champion Notre Dame and return to the championship game after missing it for two straight seasons. UConn was up by nine with 7:52 left in the game after senior Napheesa Collier made a two-point field goal. The Husky fans at a sold out Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay began to taste victory.

Women’s Basketball Notebook: Samuelson, Collier leave behind tremendous legacy

Women’s Basketball Notebook: Samuelson, Collier leave behind tremendous legacy

“We said that in the locker room,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. “It's not apparent sometimes while you're teammates with Lou and Napheesa, it's not apparent until after they're gone, how much they did for you, how much they contributed to your success, how much you're going to miss their presence every single day, on the court, off the court, doesn't matter.”

Samuelson and Collier earn prestigious awards

Samuelson and Collier earn prestigious awards

UConn seniors Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier were named to the 10-player WBCA Coaches All-America Team. The team was rounded out with Kalani Brown from Baylor, Asia Durr from Louisville, Megan Gustafson from Iowa, Sabrina Ionescu from Orgeon, Bridget Carleton from Iowa State, Teaira McCowan from Mississippi State, Arike Ogunbowale from Notre Dame and Alanna Smith from Stanford.

Top Husky Performances of the Weekend

Top Husky Performances of the Weekend

The American Player of the Week Award winner led the UConn softball team to a series win over Wichita State in the second iteration of conference play. After hitting a grand slam earlier in the week, Marcelino brought her hot streak into the weekend with another three home runs and eight RBI in three games. Of the 14 total runs scored this weekend, Marcelino was responsible for 57 percent of those runs.

Huskies honor seniors; retire Rebecca Lobo’s number

Huskies honor seniors; retire Rebecca Lobo’s number

“I didn’t think that they ever would retire our jerseys because there wouldn’t be very many left,” Lobo, who scored 2,133 points at UConn, said before the ceremony. “Because of all the accomplishments of so many people … I know it’s going to be fun over the next 10 to 15 years to watch all of the other numbers that are going to get retired as well.”

Women’s Basketball: Huskies hot from 3

Women’s Basketball: Huskies hot from 3

“Napheesa just reminds me of those old time guys, you know,” Auriemma said after the game. “Knock on wood, she spends no time in the training room. She just shows up, plays, gets herself ready and then goes out and does her thing every day.”

Women’s Basketball Notebook: Samuelson dominates every facet

Women’s Basketball Notebook: Samuelson dominates every facet

“I’ve been shooting so much my whole life that it’s kind of just second nature to me,” Samuelson said. “I felt really good in practice. I felt really good in shoot around today. I’m going to continue to shoot if teams do give me 3’s like I was getting tonight.”

Women’s Basketball: Reflection on Katie Lou Samuelson’s 2,000th point, emergence as leader

Women’s Basketball: Reflection on Katie Lou Samuelson’s 2,000th point, emergence as leader

“(Samuelson) came here with a reputation as a shooter and we were determined to try and make her into a well-rounded basketball player,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said Sunday. “So I’m not surprised that she has scored 2,000 points because she’s always had the ability to make shots. She is making them from a lot more different places now than she did early in her career.”

Women’s Basketball: For UConn, it was a tale of two halves

Women’s Basketball: For UConn, it was a tale of two halves

“Yeah that's a big deal right. Sometimes it just doesn't look right, and it didn't look right,” Auriemma said of his team’s lethargic start. “So, like I was saying earlier, its gotten to a point where coaching, you just make suggestions, now you can't tell people what you want them to do. You just make a suggestion, if they wanna do it, they do it, if they don't, they don't. So, I suggested that they sit down.”

Women's Basketball: UConn better, faster, stronger; overpower Seton Hall

Women's Basketball: UConn better, faster, stronger; overpower Seton Hall

“When we scheduled them, we wanted to play the best and again they showed us why they are,” Seton Hall head coach Anthony Bozzella said. “Just the way they play, that unselfishness, togetherness, are all things we saw.”

Women’s Basketball: Huskies to take on St. Louis in first game of the season as the No. 1 team in the country

Women’s Basketball: Huskies to take on St. Louis in first game of the season as the No. 1 team in the country

The No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team thrived in the underdog role against then No. 1 Notre Dame Sunday afternoon. UConn (7-0) will look to ride this momentum into Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Saint Louis (4-4) in the Chaifetz Arena. The Billikens have faced two American Conference teams, Cincinnati and Tulsa, and dropped each game.