Transition-Trio SAMUELSON, COLLIER, NURSE

To start off, Katie Lou Samuelson picked up right where Breanna Stewart left off. In Samuelson’s freshman year, she was able to learn a lot from Senior Breanna Stewart. During that year, Samuelson averaged 11 PPG and 2.2 APG, the majority of which went to Breanna Stewart. Now that Stewart is gone, Samuelson has stepped into a leadership position in just her sophomore year. Samuelson is currently tied for fourteenth in the nation for PPG at 20.6. Samuelson posted a career high 34 points during a 98-58 win against Tulsa. Samuelson looks to lead the Huskies to their fifth consecutive WNCAA Championship. Since Samuelson is a sophomore, she is one of the members on the team that have never experienced a loss because of the win streak.

Next in line is Forward, Napheesa Collier. Collier is currently ranked 24th in PPG with 19.3. Collier’s 66.9% field-goal percentage is good enough for third in the nation. Collier had her career high in points opening day against FSU, where she pulled up for 28 points in a tight 78-76 victory. Collier played in 38 games last year and had an average 6.8 PPG. In just one year, she was able to produce three times the amount of PPG. Since Collier is only a sophomore, she is another player that has never experienced a loss during her time at UCONN. Since the top two scorers on the Huskies are only sophomores, this program looks as if it will continue to be bright for years to come.

The third big name for the Huskies is Junior, Kia Nurse. Nurse is one of the few players remaining on this team that experienced the 88-86 overtime loss to Stanford. In that game, Nurse was only a freshman and saw little playing time, but still managed to score 9 points on the night. Nurse scored a career-high 33 points in a 91-46 victory over the 15th ranked team in the country, the DePaul Blue Demons. However, during a game against South Carolina, Nurse suffered an ankle injury. She did return to play in the second half, but only for about six minutes until she exited again. With only three games left, Nurse may not see any more playing time until March Madness due to precaution. However, Geno says she will be a game time decision when they play Temple.

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