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Thursday, March 19, 2015

UConn commit Samuelson is Gatorade national player of year

The honors keep coming for UConn incoming freshman Katie Lou Samuelson.

A week after being named the Naismith national player of the year, the senior at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., was named Gatorade's National Girls' Basketball Player of the Year. It is the fourth major national player of the year award as she was also honored by the Women's Basketball Association, Naismith and McDonald's (Morgan Wootten Award).

The 6-foot-3 Samuelson is averaging 30 points per game for Mater Dei, which playing in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Region final on Saturday against the Chaminade team responsible for both of Mater Dei's losses this season.

Samuelson set the Monarchs' single-game record with 42 points in the first round of the tournament. She broke the mark first set by current UConn star Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, matched by current UCLA guard Nirra Fields and also by Samuelson in a December game against Skyline High out of Dallas. With 114 3-pointers she is two away from Mosqueda-Lewis' single-season Mater Dei record. Samuelson, who set Mater Dei records for field goal percentage, free throw percentage and free throws made as a junior, will also break the school record for points in a season which she also set during the 2013-14 season.

Samuelson is now in the running for the Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award last won by a UConn women's basketball recruit in 2012 when Breanna Stewart received the honor.

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