32  Laura Echols
Laura Echols

Hometown:
Conyers, Ga.

High School:
Heritage High School

Height:
6-2

Position:
Center


2001-02: Started all 28 games at center for the Lady Catamounts, leading the team in scoring 21 times - including 10-straight games from Dec. 6 through Jan. 19 ... Was the team's top rebounder in 14 contests ... Garnered first team All-Southern Conference accolades from both the league's head coaches and voting members of the media ... Led the team in both scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg) ... Named to the 2001 Preseason Coaches All-Conference Team.

2000-2001: A member of the All-Southern Conference team ... Named to the Verizon Academic All-District 3 team ... Reached the 1,000 point plateau against East Tennessee State (1/16/01)... Twice named Southern Conference Player of the Week for the weeks of December 5 and January 23 ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Beach Blast Tournament ... Led the Southern Conference in scoring with 18.0 points per game ... Ranked second in the conference in offensive rebounds (86) ... Finished the season with the league's fourth best field goal percentage (53.8) and free throw percentage (77.1) ... Recorded six double-doubles, third most in SoCon... Led the team in scoring in 17 games and rebounding in 12 ... Landed a team season-high 28 points against Appalachian State (2/24) ... Started in all 28 games ... Set a career-high free throws made (12) and attempted (17) against Davidson (1/2) ... Currently ranked ninth among WCU's scoring leaders with a total of 1,230 points ... Also among the top ten in career free throws made (240) as well as field goals made (494) and attempted (985) ... Was named Western Carolina's Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

1999-2000: Named to the 2000 All-Southern Conference Team... Led the Lady Cats in scoring with an average of 16.5 points per game... Played in all 28 games starting in 26... Was second on the team in rebounding with an average of 7.5 boards per game... Shot .490 from the field and was fourth on the team in free throw percentage at .800... Led the Lady Cats in scoring 14 times and rebounding 10 times... Recorded nine double-doubles in points and rebounds including a 32 point 11 rebound explosion against High Point University on December 11... Her 32 point performance is a career-high.

1998-99: Finished the season tied for second on the team in scoring with 9.4 points per game... Started in 16 games, played in all 28... Scored a season-high 28 points against Georgia Southern (2/16)... Ranked sixth and led the team in offensive rebounds with 2.57 per game, a total of 72 on the season... Ranked ninth in blocked shots, 0.57 average... Tied for 11th in the conference in rebounding with an average of 5.9... Named player of the week in the final week of the regular season, February 22... In that week she averaged 22.5 points and 13 rebounds per game while hitting 51.6 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the line... Posted four double-doubles.

High School: Played in the Georgia-Tennessee All-Star Game ... Selected to second team 3A all-state team twice ... Averaged 16.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as a senior while shooting .530 percent from the field ... Tallied 1,665 points and 914 rebounds over her four-year career... Played for Head Coach Jack Roberts ... Had her jersey, #32, retired ... Also played volleyball and soccer... Ranked 11th in her senior class of 276 ... Was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.

Personal Info: Full name is Laura Lynne Echols ... Is the daughter of Jim and Linda Echols ... Majored in chemistry with a minor in psychology, earning her Master's degree from WCU in physical therapy.

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