As the fourth pick, Samuelson will head to the Chicago Sky who have a new head coach this season in James Wade. Wade was an assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx from 2017-18, which included the teams fourth and most recent WNBA championship win.
“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.”
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.
“The look on their face looked like they were in trouble because we couldn't get anything to drop, we couldn't get a call,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. “(UCLA) started burying 3s. So it was like, well, what are we going to do, we can't guard them inside if we have to go out. So we're going to have to give something up. And it looked like we were searching.”
“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.”
This weekend saw some noteworthy performances from UConn athletics. The UConn women’s basketball team put up its second consecutive 100-point game, UConn softball went 3-1 down in Florida over the weekend, and the UConn women’s hockey team grabbed a win and a tie in a two-game set versus Vermont. Men’s Hockey also picked up a win over Merrimack in a 5-0 blowout.
The UConn women’s basketball team has seen quite a few dynamic duos in its’ days. Seniors Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier were just freshmen when then-seniors Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson led the Huskies to their fourth straight national championship and became the program’s highest scoring duo.
“We got a lot of things missing if you are talking about a national championship team,” head coach Geno Auriemma said after the loss at Louisville. “There’s a lot of things missing on our team that maybe we can fix. Some years you can, and some years you just can’t, fix them. We got about a month to figure it out.”
The one-time UConn defensive back and NFL Combine killer did not play in the New England Patriots’ 13-3 Super Bowl victory, but was a team member nonetheless. The pride of Grafton, Massachusetts was signed by the Pats for their stretch run, and while he racked up several inactives, he did dress and play in their AFC Championship win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Melinfonwu has had an inauspicious start to his career, but now is a champion with a ring. Always good for a former Husky.
As former Knick great Walt “Clyde” Frazier would say, Dangerfield was “dishin’ and swishin.” The junior point guard, who was coming off a subpar game against Tulane, was able to do a little bit of everything for the Huskies. Her signature play of the game came in the fourth quarter with UConn up 70-52, when she dribbled into the lane taking on a double-team before slicing the defense on a no-look pass to Megan Walker for the easy layup to put them up 20.