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Mater Dei's Katie Lou Samuelson is the third player from the school to receive the Gatorade State Player of the Year award.

Mater Dei's Samuelson is Gatorade's state player of the year

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Mater Dei's Katie Lou Samuelson has been selected the Gatorade State Player of the Year for girls basketball.

The 6-foot-3 senior, who has signed with UConn, has led the Monarchs to a 28-2 record and a berth in the Open Division quarterfinals of the CIF Southern California Regionals.

She is averaging 29.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. She also has a 4.2 GPA.

Mater Dei has an overall record of 85-7 in her three seasons on the team.

She is the third player from Mater Dei to be recognized as Gatorade's state player of the year. Nirra Fields (2011-12) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (2010-11, 2008-09) also received the award.

Samuelson has been selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. She was also named National Player of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.


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