CULLOWHEE, N.C. – With Western Carolina women’s basketball tipping off the 2019-20 season in 23 days, when the Catamounts host Virginia-Wise Nov. 5, Catamount Athletics is beginning it’s “Get to Know” series with WCU women’s basketball.

First up is redshirt junior Lauren LaPlant a guard from Asheboro, N.C. LaPlant sat out the 2018-19 season but is poised to make an impact for new Head Coach Kiley Hill and the Catamount team this season.


Name: Lauren LaPlant

Major: Chemistry


What is your nickname?: Lo

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?: Cookies n Cream

What is your favorite animal at the zoo?: Lion

What is your favorite off-season activity?: Traveling

If you were a superhero, what powers would you want?: Invisibility

What is your favorite holiday?: Christmas

Which teammate makes you laugh the most?: Jada Miller

What celebrity would you most like to meet?: Simone Biles



Three positive words your teammate would use to describe you as a person?: Kind, Smart and hard-working.

What motivates you to work hard?: My family’s support and my goals for the future.  

What is something you always love doing, even when you are tired or rushed?: Playing with my dog.

Who is the most important person in your life?: My mom and dad.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A doctor.

What was the best advice you were ever given?: Work hard all the time because you never know who is watching.

What position do you play – and what is the one key thing to know about the playing that position?: Shooting guard – always catch the ball in a triple threat position.  

If you weren’t playing basketball – what sport would you have played in college?: Volleyball

One major goal for the 2019 season?: Earn a winning season.



What made you choose Western Carolina University?: I chose WCU because I loved the beautiful campus and athletic facilities, the scenic area that surrounds the campus and the family atmosphere that I felt when I first visited.

What has been your favorite class to take at WCU?: Health and wellness.

What is your favorite part about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?: I love being able to represent WCU athletics everywhere I go. I’m also extremely grateful for the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met while being a student-athlete at WCU.

What is the most challenging thing about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?: Balancing school, basketball, and a social life can be challenging. Good times.

What is your favorite thing about home games in Cullowhee?: My favorite part about home games is the starting five introductions.

What does #CatamountCountry mean to you?: Catamount Country is something I’m proud to be a part of and be able to represent on and off the court.  

What is your favorite quote or saying from Head Coach Kiley Hill?: “Habits don’t know a score.”

What does it mean to play in front of a large home-game crowd at WCU?: Playing in front of a big home crowd is one of the most exciting parts of playing basketball at WCU. It’s amazing to see the support we get from the school and community.

What has been your favorite athletic moment at Western Carolina?: My favorite athletic moment was signing autographs for fans following a game during my freshman season. At that moment, I realized that my teammates and I are role models for the younger girls that get to watch us play.

What will you miss MOST about being a Catamount?: I will really miss playing and spending time with my teammates every day.  

What does your athletic scholarship mean to you?: My athletic scholarship has given me the most amazing opportunity to play college basketball and get a degree. It’s something that I am thankful for every day.  

What message would you like to send to Catamount Nation?: That you for all the support Catamount Nation! We hope to see you at the game.