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Friday, November 17, 2017

Samuelson injured in UConn's home opener

There was a lot to like about UConn's victory over No. 20 in its home opener. Six different players scored in double figures for the Huskies and the defense played by seniors Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse on Cal's 6-foot-4 offensive dynamo Kristine Anigwe was impressive to say the least.

However, the biggest news to come out of the 82-47 victory was that All-American Katie Lou Samuelson left the game with what was called a mid-foot sprain by UConn coach Geno Auriemma.

Samuelson will have x-rays on her left foot, the same one she injured as a freshman forcing her to miss the national championship game. Her status for Sunday's game against No. 15 Maryland is yet to be determined.

"According to Janelle (Francisco, UConn's athletic trainer), it's something called a mid-foot sprain so we will find out more tomorrow, get some x-rays and make sure nothing is broken and then we will see after tomorrow."

Samuelson, who was wearing a protective walking boot following the game, wasn't available to speak to the media but her teammates said she was in good spirits after the game.

"She wasn't too down which I was happy about because she takes that stuff really personally and it really does affect her, she showed that she is still here for us and that shows a lot that he  is not going to sit there and feel bad for herself," Williams said.

Samuelson came into the game needing one 3-pointer to hit the 200 mark. She missed all four of her shots from behind the 3-point line and wasn't particularly close on any of them. However, she found different ways to score. The play she was hurt on came on a strong cut which likely would have resulted in an opportunity for a three-point play. But she fell to the ground awkwardly after being fouled by Cal's Mikayla Cowling with 4:02 left in the second quarter.


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