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Samuelson Earns Player of the Week; Jackson Rookie of the Week

Both the UConn men’s and women’s hoops teams earned weekly conference honors.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

Katie Lou Samuelson came up big for UConn Women’s Basketball in their 92nd and 93rd consecutive wins. She scored a career-high 34 points in Tuesday’s 98-58 victory over Tulsa on the road and followed it up with 32 more on Sunday against Tulane in a 100-56 drubbing of the Green Wave.

For her efforts, she received the American Athletic Conference player of the week award.

Samuelson played 29 minutes in both contests, with some very efficient performances. Against Tulsa, she went 13-for-18 from the field, including 7-for-12 from behind the three-point line. She added two rebounds, an assist and a steal as well.

Her hot shooting continued into Sunday, where she made all of her free throws, going 6-for-6, along with an 11-for-18 performance from the field and 4-for-7 from three-point range. Samuelson also had a game-high seven steals to go along with four rebounds and three assists.


Like last week, UConn Men’s Basketball had one bad game paired with a good one. On Thursday, SMU took them to the woodshed at Moody Coliseum, 69-49. Playing against ECU on Sunday, the Huskies played much better in a 72-65 victory with just six scholarship players available.

Vance Jackson earned his second straight American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week award for his play during this stretch.

Jackson carried the offense against SMU, as he and Jalen Adams were the only players to score in double figures. He shot 5-for-12 from the field, hitting 5-for-10 from behind the arc. The California native added six rebounds and two assists to go along with his team-high 17 points, also a career-high.

Jackson was quieter in the shooting department on Sunday, scoring three points on 1-for-3 shooting, scoring on his only three-point attempt, but he did grab eight rebounds, good for second-best on the team.

UConn Athletics has a busy week coming up. Men’s Hockey kicks it off with an away game against No. 13 Boston College on Tuesday and has a home game against No. 11 Vermont on Friday. Women’s Basketball is also on the road on Tuesday as they travel to East Carolina. They will also play Houston on Saturday against XL Center. Men’s basketball plays on Wednesday in Tampa against USF and will welcome Tulane to Gampel Pavilion on Saturday night.