UConn women's basketball: Katie Lou Samuelson explodes for 40 points in AAC tournament final
UConn women's basketball captured the AAC crown Monday night against South Florida. Nothing out of the ordinary there — that's only win No. 107 in a row.
But the story of the day was Katie Lou Samuelson's lights-out shooting in the 100-44 bludgeoning. The sophomore shot an incredible 10-for-10 from beyond the 3-point line en route to posting 40 points — all in just three quarters of action before taking in the rest of the game from the bench.
Her 10 3-pointers broke the NCAA record for most consecutive triples made without a miss. That mark also moved her past Maya Moore for the single-game UConn record for total 3-pointers made and was two short of breaking the NCAA record.
Katie Lou Samuelson went 10-10 from 3, setting a new women's D-I record— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 7, 2017
Only men's D-I player to go 10-10: Andre Smith (2008, George Mason) pic.twitter.com/WEihbWU2OD
To further put Samuelson's perfect day from beyond the arc in context, only one DI men's college basketball player has ever gone at least 10-for-10 on 3-pointers in a single game (Andre Smith; George Mason, 2008), per ESPN Stats & Info. No NBA player has ever achieved that feat
Samuelson only had two misses from the floor (12-for-14) as the Huskies hovered around the 70 percent shooting mark as a team late into the game. Samuelson joined elite company as one of only three UConn players to ever score 40 points in a single game, along with Moore and Nykesha Sales. That point total also marked a new AAC tournament-high, passing Temple's Feyonda Fitzgerald's 30 points scored two days ago.
Samuelson was named AAC tournament Most Outstanding Performer shortly after UConn clinched its fourth straight conference title.
In a season defined by the Huskies' team milestone for consecutive wins, it was Monday's individual achievement that took the spotlight.