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Monday, April 04, 2016

UConn's Samuelson reacts to season-ending injury

Katie Lou Samuelson couldn't even guess just how many people have reached out to her since news broke that her impressive freshman season was over due to a broken bone in her left foot. Many of the most precious words of encouragement came from her teammates and coaches.

"They all have my back," Samuelson said. "It is definitely tough but I have been working so hard this season. I know my team is going to be out there playing as hard as they can. I will be there supporting them."

Samuelson hasn't gotten into the specifics of her recovery yet.

"I don't think I'll need surgery but we'll focus on that when we get back to campus," Samuelson said.

Samuelson confirmed that the injury took place while elevating for a layup in the first minute of the national semifinal win over Oregon State but played 17 minutes in the first half. She mentioned to UConn athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle that something didn't feel right and during the halftime break she learned about the severity of the injury.

"I wasn't really focusing on it. I was focusing on helping my team out," Samuelson said. "It is an important time of the year and I didn't want to get in the way of that. I know they are going to be ready to go and I am going to be out there supporting them."

Breanna Stewart and Geno Auriemma were named the winner of the Naismith player and coach of the year.

Stewart wins the award for the third season in a row something no other UConn player has accomplished. Counting her national high school player of the year award as a senior and she is the first player - men's and women's - to receive the Naismith Trophy four times.

It is the seventh time Auriemma has been honored with the Naismith and first time since 2009


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still do not understand voters choosing Auriemma as coach of the year. UConn had 3 All Americans, including the consensus player of the year and defensive player of the year. Oregon State coach and Syracuse coach did more with less.

11:58 AM 
Blogger Cliff Rapert said...

Are either of those teams undefeated?. They actually did LESS with less.

5:56 PM 

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