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Samuelson Named to AP Preseason All America Team

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    Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson prepare to throw a three-point basket in a contest as the UConn's men's and women's NCAA college basketball teams look on during the annual First Night celebration in Storrs, Conn., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Samuelson won the contest that featured both men and women players.

    UConn senior Katie Lou Samuelson has been named to the Associated Press women's basketball preseason All-America team.

    It's the second straight season that Samuelson is a preseason All-American. UConn's leader averaged 17.4 points last season and shot 53 percent from the field and nearly 48 percent on 3-point attempts.

    "She's been an All-American two years in a row, watching her the last couple weeks she's healthier and improved in so many ways over the last two seasons and we're going to need her to be all that unlike her freshman, sophomore and junior year," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "She has less experience around her and we are going to need her to do more. I don't only expect her to be an All-American again, I expect her to be the best player in the country."

    Samuelson is joined on the team by Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, Louisville's Asia Durr and Baylor's Kalani Brown.

    UConn senior forward Napheesa Collier also received votes.