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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Samuelson makes history as UConn rolls to win No. 93 in a row

The way things started off it seemed like a realistic possibility that Katie Lou Samuelson would be held under 10 points for the first time this season. Instead, she erupted for 32 points to join Tiffany Hayes as the only UConn women's basketball players with back to back 30-point games. She also matched Maya Moore's program record with 94 points in a three-game span.

While those numbers are impressive, what I thought was the most noteworthy part of her game is the diverse way that she got to 32 points. Yes, she did drain four 3-pointer but this was not simply a case of her connecting on shots from the perimeter. She scored on aggressive drives to the basket, in transition and by establishing low-post position. She was also 6 for 6 from the foul line. Oh, and Samuelson didn't play in the fourth quarter and was held scoreless in the first quarter for just the second time this season meaning that all 32 of her points came in the second and third quarters in the 100-56 victory.

"I was not really playing hard enough. I wasn't really concerned about the whistles but I felt like overall I wasn't contributing to the team so I wanted to (contribute) in that second quarter," Samuelson said.. "I think last year it would have freaked me out a lot more but this year it doesn't really faze me when I start off missing.

"I am scoring in different ways and not just relying on my 3-point shot, going to the basket and doing other things. I know I do need to produce and be that person that people can count on and have their trust that I am going to stay consistent every game."

Considering that I did my advance to the Tulane game on Samuelson becoming a more complete offensive player, I'll leave it at that but will say that Samuelson outscored Tulane by a point in both the second and third quarters.

UConn also had a season high 20 steals with Samuelson finishing with a career high seven.

It should also be mentioned that the crowd of 9,873 was the most for a Gampel Pavilion game this season - men's or women's - although both the men's and women's team have games at the XL Center with larger crowds.


Anonymous John B said...


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