Katie Lou Samuelson

American basketball player

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Katie Lou Samuelson
Katie Lou Samuelson (cropped).jpg
Samuelson in 2019
No. 33 – Seattle Storm
PositionSmall forward
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
Born (1997-06-13) June 13, 1997 (age 24)
Fullerton, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight163 lb (74 kg)
Career information
High schoolMater Dei
(Santa Ana, California)
CollegeUConn (2015–2019)
WNBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Chicago Sky
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019Chicago Sky
2020Dallas Wings
2020–presentCB Avenida
2021–presentSeattle Storm
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Katie Lou Samuelson (born June 13, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played college basketball for the UConn Huskies.

High school career

Samuelson played for the Mater Dei High School basketball team for three seasons. As a sophomore in 2012–13, she averaged 20.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game and helped Mater Dei to a 30–2 record. The following season, Samuelson averaged 29.2[1] points and 9.4 rebounds. She was named the 2014 California Player of the Year and was a USA Today first-team All-American. As a senior, Samuelson averaged 24.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. She helped Mater Dei win their third consecutive Trinity League championship and the 2015 state regional championship; the team finished 31–3. Following the 2014–15 season, Samuelson was named the national player of the year by Gatorade, USA Today, McDonald's, and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, won the Naismith Trophy, and made the consensus All-American first team. During her high school career, she set Mater Dei single-season records for points average (29.2), field goal percentage (62.0), free throw percentage (89.4), free throws made (178), free throws attempted (211), and three-pointers made (117).[2]

College career

Samuelson was a freshman at the University of Connecticut in 2015–16. She played in 37 of the Huskies' 38 games, including 22 starts. She missed the national championship game due to an injury. During the season, Samuelson scored 11.0 points per game and led the team with 78 made three-pointers, which was the second-most ever by a Connecticut freshman. She scored a season-high 22 points against Robert Morris on March 19. Samuelson was named the 2016 national freshman of the year by ESPNw. She was also named to the American Athletic Conference all-freshman team and the AAC all-tournament team.[2]

In 2016–17, Samuelson started in all 37 of the Huskies' games. Her 20.2 points per game and 42.0 three-point field goal percentage both ranked second in the AAC. Her 119 made three-pointers that season was the second-highest in school history. On March 6, 2017, Samuelson scored a career-high 40 points against USF; she also set the NCAA single-game record for most three-pointers made without a miss, with 10. She was named the 2017 AAC co-player of the year and the AAC tournament most outstanding player. She was also selected as a first team All-American by the AP, WBCA, and USBWA, and made the AAC first team.[2]

On January 13, 2019, Samuelson surpassed the 2,000 career point mark in a win over South Florida. She became the tenth UConn player to achieve this milestone.[3]

National team career

Samuelson was part of the United States under-17 team who won the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 Championship and subsequent 2014 FIBA U-17 World Championship.[4]

Professional career

Samuelson was drafted 4th overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2019 WNBA Draft, with whom she spent her rookie season. Across 20 games, she averaged 2.4 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.4 assists during 7.7 minutes per game. Samuelson was traded to the Dallas Wings for Azura Stevens on February 14, 2020, making Katie Lou and her sister Karlie teammates for the first time as professionals.[5] However, Karlie was waived before the season began. The sisters still wound up playing together in Spain, as Samuelson signed with Karlie's team Perfumerías Avenida. Samuelson helped Avenida win the Spanish championship and finish second in the continental EuroLeague, being listed on the team of the tournament in both championships.[6][7] Samuelson was traded to the Seattle Storm for the number one overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft on February 10, 2021 [8]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high ° League leader

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Connecticut 37 22 23.5 .493 .394 .837 3.4 2.2 1.0 0.2 11.0
2016–17 Connecticut 37 37 32.1 .486 .420 .840 3.9 3.2 1.5 0.3 20.2
2017–18 Connecticut 32 32 29.7 .530 .475 .835 4.5 3.8 1.2 0.2 17.4
2018–19 Connecticut 34 34 33.1 .453 .376 .876 6.3 3.9 1.2 0.6 18.5
Career 140 125 29.6 .491 .416 .847 4.5 3.3 1.2 0.3 16.8

WNBA

Regular season
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2019 Chicago 20 0 7.6 .316 .276 .800 0.9 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.2 2.4
2020 Dallas 22° 4 20.0 .417 .317 .733 2.4 1.4 0.7 0.4 0.6 5.0
Career 2 years, 2 teams 44 4 14.1 .388 .303 .771 1.7 0.9 0.5 0.2 0.4 3.8
Playoffs
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2019 Chicago 2 0 2.1 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Personal life

Samuelson was born in Fullerton, California. Her father Jon played basketball at Cal State Fullerton and professionally in Europe. Her mother Karen was a Netball player. Katie Lou has two older sisters who both played at Stanford: Bonnie, who after college decided to instead study optometry; and Karlie, who has played in the WNBA with the Los Angeles Sparks and Dallas Wings.[2][9] She is currently dating G League player Devin Cannady.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Team & Individual Records - Season Highlights". Mater Dei Athletics. March 30, 2020. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Katie Lou Samuelson". Uconnhuskies.com. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Eaton-Robb, Pat (January 13, 2019). "Samuelson reaches 2,000 points as UConn beats South Florida". The News Tribune. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Katie Samuelson profile, FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women 2013". FIBA.COM.
  5. ^ Putterman, Alex (February 14, 2020). "Swapping UConn players: Katie Lou Samuelson traded to Dallas Wings, in exchange for Azura Stevens". Hartford Courant. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "Winners of EuroLeague Women Awards announced". FIBA. April 14, 2021. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  7. ^ "Quinteto ideal 2020/21: Ouviña, Grey, Hayes, Samuelson y Gatling". Federación Española de Baloncesto (in Spanish). March 23, 2021. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  8. ^ "Storm acquires Katie Lou Samuelson, Mikiah "Kiki" Herbert Harrigan; Rights to Stephanie Talbot and two 2022 draft picks". Seattle Storm.
  9. ^ Adameccadamec@journalinquirer.com, Carl. "On, off court, Samuelson is A-plus". Journal Inquirer.
  10. ^ "Katie Lou Samuelson's Instagram page". Instagram. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
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