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Sunday, November 16, 2014

UConn signee Samuelson getting support from sisters

Bonnie Samuelson has heard the chatter about her youngster sister and how Katie Lou was destined to follow Bonnie and middle sister Karlie to Stanford.

While Stanford supporters were hoping the family ties would result in Katie Lou becoming the third Samuelson sister to suit up for Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer, she opted for a different path. Katie Lou Samuelson, rated as the No. 1 player in the current high school senior class by most recruiting databases, signed her national letter of intent with UConn on Wednesday. Nobody was happier for Katie Lou than her two older sisters that she found the perfect school.

"We knew she was being recruited by them and recruited here and a lot of other places," Bonnie Samuelson said. "She is her own person and she has what she wants to do. I am going to support her in whatever she does in her life and that has always how it is been. Karlie and I are really happy for her. She got to sign her letter and she was very excited about that day at Mater Dei so that is pretty cool.

"We are very supportive of her and proud of her. I know when Jos (Josyln Tinkle) played her sister at Gonzaga her whole family did the whole half and half shirts so maybe they will do something (when Stanford and UConn play in the next two seasons).

"I think she is maturing well. It is awesome to see how great of a person she has become and how much her game has evolved. I barely get to see her because I have been up here for four years but every time I go home and see her she has just gotten better and better. One and one games are much more competitive than they used to be and she is taller than me too.

The younger Samuelson is expected to make the trip to Stanford to check out tomorrow's game.

For Bonnie Samuelson, there will be another familiar face as UConn senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is a player she used to play with and against growing up.

"I am really excited to play against her tomorrow, it is going to be a really fun game," Samuelson said. "We know she is a phenomenal shooter and we have to contest her shot, try to limit her touches. We are going to do our best, we have been scouting the past couple of days and we are looking forward to putting up a good fight."

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