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Samuelson Selected as Conference Player of the Year

March 3, 2018

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Junior Katie Lou Samuelson of the No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team was picked as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, as announced by the league Saturday.

This is her second-straight conference player of the year honor after sharing the award with classmate Napheesa Collier last season.

Samuelson was the only unanimous selection on the all-conference first team. She leads UConn's top-ranked offense with 18.3 points per game. Samuelson leads the nation with a 49.3 three-point field goal percentage. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native is also averaging 4.3 rebounds per game and has 92 assists and 33 steals.

Samuelson is a finalist for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, which goes to the nation’s top shooting guard. She is also a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy.

This is the 21st time in program history that UConn has featured the conference player of the year. The Huskies have won the honor for five straight years.

The Huskies are the top seed in the American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship, which begins Saturday. UConn will face either No. 8 Memphis or No. 9 Tulane on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.