STORRS, Conn. -- Katie Lou Samuelson would always follow her older sisters, Bonnie and Karlie, to their youth basketball practices in Huntington Beach, California.
But even from her young age the baby of the family would follow her own path.
"I was the girlie one and it took me awhile to get into basketball," Samuelson said. "I was a cheerleader every year for Halloween. I wanted to be a cheerleader. Then I told my mom I wanted to be a gymnast. And she just went, 'No. No. I'm not even going to let you try.'
"I always played with my dolls and toys. I still always went to basketball practice but I would bring my dolls. I don't know when it became serious for me. But even if I didn't really want to do it, I did it."