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Former Mater Dei star Katie Lou Samuelson sidelined against UCLA

By in Press Enterprise on November 22, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

LOS ANGELES — A foot injury put a damper on former Mater Dei star Katie Lou Samuelson’s return to L.A., with the 6-foot-3 junior relegated to a cheering role Tuesday against No. 5 UCLA.

The AP Preseason All-American suffered a foot sprain in UConn’s win over Cal last Friday. She still scored 12 points during her 15-minute performance. The injury won’t keep the sharp-shooting Huntington Beach native down for long, but she’s guaranteed to miss at least three games, making the timing especially unfortunate as she sat out Tuesday.

The top-ranked Huskies have not played a game on the West Coast during Samuelson’s collegiate career, leaving her family and friends to mostly watch her on TV as UConn piled up a 77-1 record since her freshman season.

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On Tuesday, she watched the game from the end of the bench dressed in navy sweatpants with a navy hoodie and a black walking boot on her left foot.

During her decorated prep career, Samuelson was named the national Player of the Year by Gatorade and USA Today. She was the No. 1 recruit in the country and went across the country to join UConn’s dynasty rather than follow both of her older sisters, who went to Stanford.

She was a first-team All-American last year and a finalist for the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy.

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