Azura Stevens

UConn Wins Home Opener 82-47 Over California

UConn Wins Home Opener 82-47 Over California

Katie Lou Samuelson, among the elite players in the country, was sitting on the bench with an ice pack on her left foot.

It was the third quarter Friday night and the UConn women’s basketball team was aiming to extend its lead over visiting California in the home opener at Gampel Pavilion. After taking a 21-point lead into halftime, UConn would face the remainder of the game without Samuelson.

The junior All-America forward landed awkwardly with just over 4 minutes left in the first half and was watching as her teammates took the court with Azura Stevens taking her place.

But here’s the thing about this year’s roster: UConn has talent up and down the bench, deploying...

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