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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Memorable March continues for Samuelson family

Jon Samuelson, the patriarch of the sweet-shooting Samuelson family, is certainly racking up the frequent flyer miles these days.

Samuelson was in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday to watch Karlie score 15 points in Stanford's victory over Texas to advance to the Elite Eight. The plan was for him to board a flight to so he could be in the stands when his youngest daughter Katie Lou leads her UConn team against UCLA later on today.

Samuelson's wife is staying behind "with Bonnie and my dogs," Katie Lou said on Friday. "Dad just got to Lexington. He is going to stay for that game and he will probably get here right before our game."

There are many remarkable aspects about the success of the Samuelson sisters. When Katie Lou makes eight more 3-pointers, it will mean all three sisters have hit the 200 mark.

Bonnie, who graduated in 2015, had 237 in 141 games at Stanford. Karlie is at 244 in 132 games with the Cardinal while Katie Lou stands at 192 in 71 games. I checked in with the NCAA earlier this season to see if I could get a list of all the players with at least 200 3-pointers in NCAA Division I women's basketball history but they don't have that information so I am not sure if another sister combination both surpassed the 200 3-pointer mark never mind having three siblings accomplish the feat.

That is far from the only impressive aspect of the Samuelson sisters. Bonnie appeared in the regionals in all four of her seasons at Stanford as has Karlie while Katie Lou is 2 for 2 in that regard.

"Our parents are proud of all of us and gives them a chance to watch all of us play," Katie Lou Samuelson said. "A lot of people don't get that opportunity to watch their daughters for that long so just being able to get that far is an opportunity for our parents and grandparents to see each of us play."

There was much more on the youngest of the Samuelsons in today's paper. My advance was on how sophomores Napheesa Collier and Samuelson have taken on larger roles aided by the lessons they learned last season from Morgan Tuck and Breanna Stewart. Also, UCLA happens to have Samuelson's former high school teammate Ally Rosenblum on its roster so I checked in with her to get some insight from a player who has been a teammate of Samuelson's for more than a decade.





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