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Dallas Acquires Samuelson and 2021 First-Round Pick From Chicago in Exchange for Stevens

Dallas Wings Official Release 

The Dallas Wings have acquired forward Katie Lou Samuelson from the Chicago Sky and Chicago’s 2021 first round draft pick in exchange for forward Azura Stevens, the team announced today.

Samuelson was the fourth overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft after playing four years at UConn. While in Storrs, Samuelson averaged 16.8 points over her 140 career games and shot 49.1 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from beyond the arc. Her 382 made career three-pointers ranks second in program history. Samuelson logged 7.6 minutes per game her rookie season while battling injuries. The Huntington Beach, California native appeared in 10 games for Team USA in the last year, averaging 6.6 points per game in 15.1 minutes played and was named to the Team USA 3×3 training camp roster alongside Wings guard Allisha Gray.

“Katie Lou brings a versatile game to Dallas, headlined by her ability to hit shots from anywhere on the court,” stated Dallas Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb. “With her length and basketball IQ, I see her playing multiple positions for us, with the three being where she logs the most minutes. I think the addition of Katie Lou will help us spread the court and create additional challenges for the opposing defense. We need shooters and Katie Lou meets that need.”

“We are happy that Katie Lou will be a part of our team,” said head coach Brian Agler. “She is a premier perimeter shooter with great range and has length to defend multiple positions. I have a strong feeling that her best basketball days are ahead of her.”

Stevens, who only played in nine games in 2019 due to injury, was selected sixth overall by the Wings in the 2018 WNBA Draft.

Chicago Sky Official Release

CHICAGO – The Chicago Sky have acquired forward Azura Stevens from the Dallas Wings in exchange for guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson and a 2021 first-round draft pick.

“We want to thank Katie Lou for her contributions to our team in Chicago, both on and off the court,” said Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade. “We believe she will be a great player in this league, and feel that this will give her the opportunity and playing time she deserves.”

Samuelson was drafted by the Sky with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2019 WNBA Draft. Last season, she played in 20 games for Chicago, averaging 2.4 points and 7.6 minutes per game.

Stevens joins Chicago for her third WNBA season, after spending her first two seasons with the Dallas Wings. In 2019, she averaged 4.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in nine games.

“We are very excited to welcome Azura to the Sky,” Wade said, “With her size and skill set, she fills a hole that we are currently lack and need to reach the next level.”