Katie
Lou Samuelson

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Katie Lou Samuelson's Bio

About Katie Lou Samuelson

HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 163 BIRTHDATE: June 13, 1997 BIRTHPLACE: Fullerton, CA HOMETOWN: Huntington Beach, CA COLLEGE: Connecticut HIGH SCHOOL: Mater Dei (CA) WNBA EXPERIENCE: 3 seasons DRAFTED BY: Chicago, 2018, First Round (#4) TWITTER: @KatieLou33 INSTAGRAM: KatieLou33

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Drafted No. 4 overall to the Chicago Sky in 2019
  • Traded to Seattle from Dallas for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 WNBA draft
  • Selected to represent USA on 3×3 team at 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (unable to play due to illness)
  • 2016 NCAA Champion with Connecticut

2021 HIGHLIGHTS (SEATTLE)

  • Appeared in 27 games, making 24 starts in first season with Seattle
  • Scored career-high 15 points (6-10 FG) with 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists at NYL (8/18)
  • Recorded 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting including a career-best three 3pt FG vs LVA (5/18)
  • Scored 14 points—all in the second half—at PHX (7/9)
  • Followed that up with 14 points at home vs PHX (7/11) the next game, scoring in double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time
  • Tallied a playoff career-high of 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting including 4-of-6 from three-point range, while adding five rebounds vs PHX (9/15)

2020 HIGHLIGHTS (DALLAS)

  • Appeared in 22 games, making four starts for Dallas
  • Averaging 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.7 steals per game
  • Scored a season-high 12 points vs NYL 7/29
  • Poured in 11 points twice (vs PHX 8/16, vs MIN 9/4)
  • Recorded a season-best three blocks vs PHX 8/10
  • Traded to Seattle on Feb. 10 along with a 2022 Second Round draft pick (#22 overall) for Seattle’s 2021 First Round draft pick (#1 overall)

2019 HIGHLIGHTS (CHICAGO)

  • Appeared in 20 games for the Sky in first season in WNBA
  • Averaged 2.4 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.3 steals in 7.6 minutes her game
  • Scored a career-high 10 points against the Las Vegas Aces on Aug. 18
  • Sidelined for four weeks from middle of June to beginning of July due to fractured hand
  • Traded to Dallas on Feb. 14 along with a 2021 First Round draft pick (#7 overall) for Azura Stevens

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Became 10th player in UConn history to score more than 2,000 points, ranked No. 4 leading scorer in history of women’s basketball program
  • Second in three-pointers made in history of UConn women’s basketball
  • Twice earned AP First Team All-American,  AAC Player of the Year honors (2017, 2018)
  • AAC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2018-19
  • Led the nation with a 47.5 three-point field goal percentage in 2018
  • 2017 AAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Named to AAC All-Freshman Team and awarded ESPNW National Freshman of the Year…led the team with 78 three-point field goals made, helping Huskies capture 2016 NCAA Tournament title

OVERSEAS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2020-22: Perfumerías Avenida, Spain
    • Helped guide team to 2021 Euroleague Final and Spanish league championship

USA BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Won gold as a member of 2019 USA FIBA AmeriCup Team
  • Represented US in 3×3 in 2013 FIBA World Championship, winning gold
  • Named to 2021 3×3 Olympic Qualifying team ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, but was unable to compete due to illness
  • Member of 2019 USA AmeriCup Team
  • One of five collegiate athletes to participate in 2017 USA National Team training camp
  • Participated in 2017 USA U23 National Team training camp
  • Named to the 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team
  • Honors: 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup All-Star Five
  • Bronze Medal: 2014 Youth Olympic Games Shootout
  • Gold Medal: 2019 FIBA AmeriCup
  • Gold Medal: 2014 Youth Olympic Games
  • Gold Medal: 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship
  • Gold Medal: 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship
  • Gold Medal: 2013 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship
  • Gold Medal: 2013 FIBA Americas 3×3 U18 Championship

PERSONAL

  • Daughter of Karen and Jon Samuelson
  • Two older sisters, Bonnie and Karlie both played basketball at Stanford
  • Sister Karlie plays for the Seattle Storm
  • In senior year of high school, was named Player of the Year by Gatorade, USA Today, McDonald’s, and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, won the Naismith Trophy, and was a consensus First Team All-American
  • Father played basketball collegiately at Cal State Fullerton and professionally in Europe… Mother was on the All-England Netball Team. 
  • Wears No. 33 after Larry Bird.

PERSONAL

Katie Lou Samuelson (born June 13, 1997) is a guard for the Chicago Sky. She played college basketball at University of Connecticut. Samuelson is the daughter of Karen and Jon Samuelson. Her two older sisters, Bonnie and Karlie both played basketball at Stanford. Samuelson’s father played basketball collegiately at Cal State Fullerton and professionally in Europe, and her mother was on the All-England Netball Team. Samuelson wears No. 33 after Larry Bird.

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