STORRS -- When looking back on the careers of UConn seniors Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, it'll be hard to separate one from the other. They both came to Storrs as freshmen in 2015 and were solid role players on the Huskies' 2016 national title team.
The next season, they won co-AAC Player of the Year and were both named First Team All-Americans.
Not only are Collier and Samuelson the only two classmates to eclipse the 2,000 point mark in program history, they're also the highest-scoring classmates.
Now on Saturday, they'll be honored on Senior Day and will go up in the Huskies of Honor together. It's only fitting.
"For me and Phee both to be up there, it's pretty amazing that we both came in and went through this together and get to see this together," Samuelson said.
"We've always been seen as that (pair), I think it's really good," Collier echoed. "You have someone to lean on, you can talk about stuff you wouldn't be able to talk about with the rest of the team."
While the two have played 134 games together, they highlighted their off-the-court relationship as what they'll remember the most from their time at UConn.
"It's a good amount of time we've spent together and the amount of friendship built over the years is something I'll remember the most, even more than basketball stuff, just how much of a relationship we've been able to build and have each other's back at all times," said Samuelson.
That friendship began early on in their time with the Huskies. The two were roommates freshman year in the dorms, meaning they were together all day, every day. While some would see that as a negative, Collier and Samuelson believe it helped them bond that much quicker.
"Freshman year we spent so much time together in our dorm just being isolated (from home) and being here, we both had our own struggles going through freshman year and different approaches to things but off the court, we kept it off the court," Samuelson said. "We focused on getting things done that weren't basketball related and having fun and make the most of our time because if we sat there and analyzed things over and over again, it wouldn't have helped us."
Head coach Geno Auriemma also believes their personalities matched well with each other.
"They have a lot of similarities. Maybe that's why they're so comfortable," he said. "They have a low-key approach to everything, they're both subdued kind of people. There's nothing dramatic about them, there's no over the top theatrics about them."
When asked about his pair of seniors prior to Saturday's Senior Day, Auriemma took some time to talk about their many spoils on the hardwood.
"They say animals hunt in pairs, right? If you look our best teams, our greatest teams, there were always at least a couple of them and always two," he said. "I think the fact that there are two can take some pressure off each other and know they can count on each other all the time and that goes a long way."
But whenever the coach started talking about Collier and Samuelson, he kept circling back to how they carry themselves off the court. It seemed like he was more proud of their development as people than anything they could do on the basketball court.
"They're able to interact with everybody on the team," Auriemma said. "They're great with people that they meet. Everybody that they meet falls in love with them because of the way they are with them. They're the kind of kids you want to bring home with you.
"They're just really good people. Individually and as a pair. They're just great individuals and great kids."