PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A pair of Huskies picked up both American Athletic Conference weekly awards after the UConn women’s basketball team started off the 2016-17 season 3-0, as announced by the league on Monday. Sophomore forward Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was tabbed Player of the Week and freshman point guard Crystal Dangerfield (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) brought home Freshman of the Week honors.
Samuelson averaged 19.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 52.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc in a 3-0 week for the UConn women’s basketball team, which included wins over a pair of opponents ranked in the top-12 of the Associated Press Poll.
Samuelson started the week with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in UConn’s victory at No. 12/12 Florida State on Monday and she followed that up with a 16-point effort in the win over No. 2/4 Baylor on Thursday. The Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First Team selection was 2-3 from long-range and made all six of her attempts from the charity stripe in Thursday’s showdown against the Lady Bears.
The Huntington Beach, Calif. native then put the best game of her career together in Sunday’s win at LSU. Samuelson scored a career-high 28 points on 8-15 shooting and buried a career-high seven three-point field goals in 11 attempts. She was also a spotless 5-5 from the free throw line and chased-down a career-best eight rebounds against the Lady Tigers.
Dangerfield averaged 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor, including 5-10 from three-point range, in a 3-0 week for the UConn women’s basketball team that included wins against two opponents ranked in the top-12 of the Associated Press Poll.
Dangerfield’s UConn debut featured five points and two rebounds in the win over No. 12 Florida State on Monday but she bettered that significantly with a 19-point, four-rebound, five-assist performance in the win over No. 2/4 Baylor on Thursday.
The Murfreesboro, Tenn. native was 8-14 from the floor against the Lady Bears and made three of her five attempts from long-range. She followed that up with a 10-point, three-rebound game in the win at LSU on Sunday evening.
Samuelson, Dangerfield and the rest of the Husky squad return home to Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when they host Dayton at 7 p.m.