A year ago, Katie Lou Samuelson was surrounded by the best safety nets in the country.
When the going got tough early in her freshman year, Samuelson saw Morgan Tuck to her left, Moriah Jefferson to her right, and Breanna Stewart in front of her. Those weren't just experienced players protecting her, they were the best in the game.
"It was definitely a lot easier for me," Samuelson said.
With her own experience in mind, Samuelson marveled at the challenge facing freshman point guard Crystal Dangerfield as she encountered UConn vs. Notre Dame last week. It was No. 1 against No. 2 before a capacity crowd in South Bend, a national TV audience watching and the...