Hartley named to WNBA all-rookie team

By Carl Adamec

Former University of Connecticut All-American Bria Hartley has been named to the WNBA all-rookie team, the league announced Thursday.

The 5-foot-9 guard from North Babylon, New York, was the No. 7 pick in last April’s WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm and was traded to the Washington Mystics in a draft night deal.

Hartley started 29 of Washington’s 34 games and averaged 9.7 points, fifth among rookies, and 3.1 assists, which was sixth among first-year players. The Mystics advanced to the Eastern Conference playoffs but were eliminated in the semifinals by the Indiana Fever.

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YOG gold for Samuelson, Collier, Boykin

 By Carl Adamec

It’s been a summer of gold for University of Connecticut 2015 commits Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier, and De’Janae Boykin.

Samuelson scored eight points Tuesday as the United States U-18 3×3 team closed on a 9-0 run to defeat the Netherlands 19-10 in the final contest of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

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UConn well represented on USA camp roster

By Carl Adamec

Bria Hartley did not attend the United States senior national team’s mini-camp last fall to rest a sore ankle.

But after helping the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team to its ninth national championship in the winter and having a solid rookie year with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics this summer, the North Babylon, New York, native will go camping after all.

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Team USA advances to YOG semifinals

By Carl Adamec

The United States U-18 3×3 team has made its way to the semifinals of the Youth Olympic Games tournament in Nanjing, China.

But the unbeaten Americans got their first challenge of the Games Monday.

Team USA closed on a 7-1 run to oust Estonia 21-12 in quarterfinal action. Arike Ogunbowale led the Americans with seven points. University of Connecticut commits Napheesa Collier (6), Katie Lou Samuelson (5) and De’Janae Boykin (3) also dented the scoring column.

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Collier, USA ready for next stage at YOG

By Carl Adamec

The United States U-18 3×3 team finished Group B pool play at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, at 9-0 with wins over the Czech Republic and Guam on Sunday.

When Monday comes around, the remaining 16 teams will be 0-0 again.

Team USA wrapped up its perfect Group B run by defeating the Czech Republic 21-12 and Guam 21-10 Sunday.

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USA rolls to seventh straight win at YOG

By Carl Adamec

It was another short day on the basketball court for the United States U-18 3×3 team Saturday at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Team USA scored the first 11 points en route to a 21-5 win over Chinese Taipei in Group B play. It was the seventh straight game the Americans reached the winning 21-point plateau in under the 10-minute time limit.

Arike Ogunbowale led Team USA (7-0) with seven points while University of Connecticut Class of 2015 commits Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson added six each and De’Janae Boykin two.

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Samuelson returns, USA goes to 6-0 at YOG

By Carl Adamec

It didn’t take Katie Lou Samuelson long to make an impact for the United States 3×3 U-18 team at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Samuelson, who missed Team USA’s first four games after suffering a slightly sprained left ankle in a scrimmage last Saturday, scored nine points and was 4-for-5 on 2-point shots from behind the arc as the Americans routed Belgium 21-6 in a matchup of Group B unbeatens Friday.

About four hours later, Team USA improved to 6-0 as it coasted past winless Andorra 22-5.

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Notebook: Samuelson wins bronze at shootout

By Carl Adamec

Katie Lou Samuelson is hopeful that she’ll be able to return to action Friday when the United States U-18 3×3 team has two Group B games at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

The 6-foot-3 native of Huntington Beach, California, has been sidelined at the YOG with a slightly sprained left ankle suffered in a scrimmage last Saturday. It’s the same ankle the University of Connecticut Class of 2015 commit injured at the USA U-17 national team trials May 25. USA Basketball lists her status as day to day.

But Samuelson showed signs Thursday she may be ready to help. She won the bronze medal in the 3-point shooting contest that featured 62 YOG competitors.

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Ex-UConn star Moore named WNBA’s MVP

By Carl Adamec

Maya Moore made plenty of history with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team and she’s helped the Huskies make some now that she’s in the WNBA.

Moore was named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player the league announced Thursday and she will receive the award Thursday night in Minnesota prior to Game 1 of the Lynx’s Western Conference semifinal matchup with the San Antonio Stars. The story was first reported by the Associated Press.  

With Moore’s honor, UConn becomes the first program to have three of its players win the MVP. Tina Charles won the award as a member of the Connecticut Sun in 2012 while the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi was selected in 2009. Southern California (Cynthia Cooper and Lisa Leslie) and Tennessee (Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker) have had two players win. Leslie (3), Cooper (2), and Parker (2) have won the award multiple times. Moore was second to Parker in the 2013 MVP voting and was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2011.

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