STORRS, Conn. – American Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year and First Team honoree, Katie Lou Samuelson has been named a finalist for the 2017 Dawn Staley Award, as announced by the organization Friday. The sophomore guard was selected to the award’s mid-season watch list back in early February.
The Dawn Staley Award is given to the most outstanding collegiate guard in the country; a player who exemplifies the skills that Dawn possessed during her career, including ball handling, scoring, her ability to distribute the basketball and her will to win.
Samuelson is one of four finalists, along with Alexis Peterson of Syracuse, Kelsey Plum of Washington and Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State.
A 2017 Naismith Trophy semifinalist, Samuelson leads the team and the league in scoring, averaging 20.7 points per game. Her 93 three-pointers made this season are the most of anyone in the league and the seventh most in the nation.
The Hunting Beach, Calif. native scored 94 points over a three-game span this season, including back-to-back 30-plus performances. She boasted a career-high 34 points on the road at Tulsa on Jan. 17, shooting 13-18 from the floor and an impressive 7-12 from three-point range.
Samuelson was the third Husky this season to eclipse the 1,000-career-point mark after she recorded 16 points in the regular season finale at USF.
The winner of the 2017 Dawn Staley Award will be announced during the Final Four weekend and the award ceremony will be held in April of 2017 at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Samuelson and the rest of the Huskies begin postseason action on Saturday, March in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals at Mohegan Sun Arena.