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Los Angeles Sparks’ Katie Lou Samuelson expecting first child

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WNBA player Katie Lou Samuelson and her fiancé Devin Cannady announced on Friday that they are expecting their first child.

“Life is full of surprises and 2023 surprised us in the best way possible!” wrote Samuelson. “We can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family! This is a little earlier than we planned on announcing but we wanted to make sure this was our story to share with you all.

“Here’s to a year full of love, growth and happiness!”

A number of supportive messages flowed in, with Nneka Ogwumike writing that “an early announcement means more love along the way.”

New Sparks teammate Dearica Hamby and recent WNBA retiree Sue Bird offered their congratulations. UConn’s Paige Bueckers called attention to the child’s future basketball career.

“Baby has GREAT shooting in the genes,” she wrote.

Karlie Samuelson, Katie’s sister, wrote that she is “ready for duty.”

“Auntie Karlie activated,” she added on Twitter.

Samuelson and Cannady were engaged last February. Cannady is a NBA G-League player who has also spent time with the NBA’s Orlando Magic. He has been publicly supportive of longtime partner Samuelson, posting an encouraging message to his Instagram after Samuelson was unable to join the USA 3×3 basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.

“I’m proud of the person you are and I know you’ll be back stronger than ever when this opportunity presents itself again in 3 years,” Cannady wrote.

A former UConn standout and NCAA champion, Samuelson spent last season playing for the Los Angeles Sparks after being traded from Seattle. She is remains under contract with the Sparks for the 2023 season.