Karlie Samuelson, a former UConn recruit and the Stanford-bound senior, scored 18 points (8 of 11) to help Mater Dei defeat No. 1 St. Mary’s of Phoenix Friday night in the semifinals of the Joe Smith Divison of the Nike Tournament of Champions.
The Monarchs (11-0), ranked No. 3 in the nation by USA Today, snapped No. 1 St. Mary’s 48-game winning streak and advanced to Saturday’s Division E final against Riverdale Baptist of Upper Marboro, Md.
Mater Dei, the alma mater of UConn sophomore Kalana Mosqueda-Lewis, raced to a 17-point lead, getting seven first-half 3-pointers and timely defense. St. Mary’s junior Courtney Ekmark (a UConn commit for 2014) came into Friday’s showdown as one of Arizona’s premier scorers, but was to 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting.