Katie Lou Samuelson always wanted to be like her oldest sister, Bonnie. Now she is.
The UConn women’s basketball team’s two-time All-American had surgery on her left ankle Thursday. An announcement from the school said the junior is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018-19 season.
Thursday’s surgery repaired shredded lateral ligaments and she also had a torn tendon in the ankle. There was no bone or cartilage damage found.
Four years ago, Bonnie Samuelson had surgery on her ankle prior to her senior year at Stanford and returned in time to help the Cardinal upset the Huskies on Nov. 17, 2014.
Katie Lou Samuelson has had issues with her left ankle since injuring it on the final night of the United States U-17 national team trials in Colorado Springs in 2014. She made the squad and played through the injury to help the Americans to a gold medal at the FIBA U-17 world championships.
The Huntington Beach, California, native missed four November contests - including her homecoming game at UCLA - with a left foot sprain. She hurt the ankle in her first game back against Notre Dame on Dec. 3 and aggravated the injury on Jan. 18 versus Tulsa. She missed the game at Temple three days later and played the rest of the season with a brace on the ankle.
In 32 games, Samuelson averaged 17.4 points, and career highs 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists. She was the only American Athletic Conference player to rank in the top 10 in field-goal percentage (53.0), 3-point percentage (a nation’s best 47.5), and free-throw percentage (83.5).
She was named the AAC Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American for the second straight season. She was also chosen to the AAC and NCAA Albany Regional all-tournament teams.
USA Basketball announced this week that 35 players - including all 12 members of the 2017 U-16 national team that won gold at the FIBA Americas Championships - have accepted invitations to take part in the U-17 national team trials May 23-27.
Among the players headed to Colorado Springs are UConn Class of 2019 recruiting targets Aliyah Boston and Haley Jones, Class of 2020 targets Paige Bueckers and Cameron Brink, and Class of 2021 target Azzi Fudd.
A list of applicant candidates will be announced later this month.
The U-17 team will be coached by former UConn star and 1997 graduate Carla Berube.
The date for UConn forward Napheesa Collier’s homecoming game next season at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena is Dec. 4, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch … Minnesota hired its former star Lindsay Whalen as coach Thursday. UConn assistant Marisa Moseley was mentioned in a Star Tribune report as a potential candidate for the job as she was a Golden Gophers’ assistant before coming to UConn in 2009.