Katie Lou Samuelson will arrive in Storrs as a freshman next fall with much of the fanfare that surrounded Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis before her. But such are the expectations when you play for Geno Auriemma's Huskies.
And other than a trophy room worth of high school accolades, Samuelson shares a few other things in common with Mosqueda-Lewis. For starters, they both attended Mater Dei High School in California. They also both held the school record for points in a game with 41. That changed Friday when Samuelson bettered her previous mark by one point; she scored 42 in Mater Dei's 99-73 win over Palisades. Which meant that Mosqueda-Lewis was bumped to No. 2.
“I’m a little upset,” she told SNY.com's Carl Adamec before laughing.
“I’m glad it went to her, someone that’s coming here to UConn and someone that’s worthy of it," Mosqueda continued. Katie Lou’s done really well the three years that she’s been there.”
There are more parallels, of course; Samuelson is the considered the country's best high school player ... just like Mosqueda-Lewis four years ago. And last week, Samuelson won the Naismith Award ... just like Mosqueda-Lewis four years ago.
“That’s awesome and it’s a huge honor to win that award,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “It’s special to be recognized out of all the players in the country and I’m really happy for her.”
Mosqueda-Lewis will be a high draft pick in this spring's WNBA Draft, but not surprisingly, the Huskies should be fine. In addition to Samuelson, UConn's 2015-2016 class includes Napheesa Collier and De’Janae Boykin, who are both top-10 players. There's also Georgetown transfer (and 2013-14 Big East freshman of the year) Natalie Butler.