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Anthony Chiusano | | March 6, 2017

Katie Lou Samuelson explodes for 40 points in AAC tournament final

  Katie Lou Samuelson finished with 40 points and was 10-for-10 on 3s in a UConn win.

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.

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.

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