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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UConn signee Samuelson with another big game

Katie Lou Samuelson's junior season at Mater Dei High School ended with a loss to Long Beach Poly in the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division tournament.

The UConn incoming freshman made sure that history did not repeat as she had a game-high 30 points to lead Mater Dei to a 60-44 win over Long Beach Poly.

With the win and Chaminade's 79-40 win over Clovis West, Samuelson and the Monarchs will get to play the Chaminade team responsible for both of the losses this season when the teams play in the Southern Regional Final on Saturday at 6 p.m. (9 p.m. here in Connecticut). The winner of that game will play the winner of Miramonte and St. Mary's for the CIF Open Division title on Mar. 28.

The game was streamed by Mater Dei and after the game Samuelson spoke about getting revenge against LB Poly, the upcoming game against Chaminade and her decision to commit to UConn.

"We knew coming in that Poly was tough and we were going to have to fight every possession and that is what is came out to be, my teammates did a really good job being poised the whole time and dealing with tough Long Beach Poly is," Samuelson said. "I think we played awesome defense and that is what won us this game.

"Last year was tough. They came into our gym and kicked out butts. They came in and beat us down so we were really excited to play this game and go against them again. We got the ending we wanted this time.

"We lost twice to them (Chaminade) by one point. We kind of gave the game to them at the end. We went up and let them beat us on a shot so I think we will be more prepared for this game and not get too comfortable. We got too comfortable with our game in the last game and they beat us so we will be ready."

Samuelson, playing in her final home game, posted her 18th 30-point game of the season

"I wanted to go to a place where I knew that as a player I could get overall better and I know that Coach Auriemma can do that for me. I am very competitive and I want to win, I want to go to a winning school and I am really happy that I did."

Samuelson, who broke one of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' Mater Dei records when she scored a school record 42 points in a first-round win over Palisades, is closing in on another of her marks. Samuelson hit five 3-pointers to give her 114 this season which is two shy of the record 116 Mosqueda-Lewis made during the 2010-11 season.

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