Lauren Powell begins her first season as a volunteer graduate assistant for the women's basketball team. Powell recently completed a stellar career for the Catamounts, leaving the program as the career three-point leader with 214.
She brings with her a tradition of winning, with three straight 20-win seasons as a Catamount player, as well as a 2007 Southern Conference Regular Season Title and a 2009 Southern Conference Tournament Title. Powell will forever be linked with "the play" drawing the charging foul against College of Charleston with 1.8 seconds left and the Lady Catamounts down by two, in the first of three overtimes, in the 2009 Southern Conference Tournament - draining two free throws to force a second overtime. She also hit a pair of free throws in the second overtime in the Southern Conference Tournament to force a second overtime.
Powell is ranked seventh in scoring for a career with 1,378 points. She was thrice named to the Southern Conference Winter All-Academic Team and was also a member of the Catamount squads that was named to the WBCA Academic Top-25 the last three years.
Powell graduated in 2009 with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Western Carolina and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Health Education at Western Carolina University. A native of Asheville, N.C., Powell played for Asheville High School prior to coming to Western Carolina, winning three consecutive North Carolina High School State Championships.
2008-09 (Senior): Played in all 33 games and started 30 ... Broke the school record for three-pointers in career against Middle Tennessee and ended her time at Western Carolina with 214 ... Ranked seventh in scoring for a career with 1,378 points ... Named Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week ... Career-high seven free throws and scored 17 points vs. Furman ... Career-high three steals vs. Davidson ... Career-high in points (26), tied career-high with 10 made field goals and played season-high 35 minutes vs. College of Charleston (01/31) ... Tied career-high with two blocks vs. Elon (03/07) ... Will forever be linked with "the play" drawing the charging foul against College of Charleston with 1.8 seconds left and the Lady Catamounts down by two, in the first of three overtimes, in the 2009 Southern Conference Tournament - draining two free throws to force a second overtime ... Also hit a pair of free throws in the second overtime in the Southern Conference Tournament to force a second overtime.
2007-08 (Junior): Played in all 34 games and started 33 ... Named to the 2008-09 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team ... Paradise Classic All-Tournament Team ... Twice named Southern Conference Student Athlete of the Week ... Named to the 2007-08 SoCon Winter Academic All-Conference Team ... Became 20th player in school history to go over 1,000 points ... Scored in double figures 14 times.
2006-07 (Sophomore): Named to both the coaches and media All-Southern Conference team, garnering second team honors from the media after leading Western in scoring (averaging 11.9 points per game) during the regular season ... Thrice named TIAA-CREF Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week ... Named to the SoCon TIAA-CREF Winter Academic All-Conference Team ... Started 33 of 34 games ... Led the team in field goal attempts (356), field goals made (147), points (405), three point attempts (165) and three-pointers made (55) ... Voted to both the coaches and media preseason All-Southern Conference team.
2005-06 (Freshman): Played in all 29 games as a freshman, starting a team-best 24 contests ... Led the Lady Catamounts - and all Southern Conference freshmen - in scoring with her 11.3 points per game average, which ranked 10th overall in the league ... Became the fourth Lady Catamount to earn Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors, joining the likes of Pam Owens (1994), April Fleck (1998) and Tiffany Hamm (2001) ... Was named Second Team All-Southern Conference by the media ... Powell's selection to the SoCon All-Freshman team was Western's sixth all time ... Her 42.4 3-point field goal shooting percentage not only ranked third in the SoCon, but also ranked second among all freshmen in the NCAA ... Also ranked third among all NCAA freshmen in 3-point field goals made (64) and second in fewest turnovers per 40 minutes (1.96) ... Was Western's leading scorer 10 times during the year, reaching double-figures in 19 of the 29 games ... Scored her first two career points on a jumper at the 9:10 mark of the first half in the season-opener at Detroit (Nov. 18), scoring a then career-high 11 points in her collegiate debut against the Titans ... Against 10th-ranked Michigan State (Nov. 20), set career-bests with 20 points, including six 3-pointers to lead the Lady Catamounts ... Ran her string of double-digit scoring outings to four with a team-high 18 at Florida State (Nov. 26) and 13 versus Wright State (Nov. 27) to earn all-tournament honors at the Seminole Classic ... Made her first career start at Auburn (Dec. 7), finishing with six points and four rebounds, all of which came on the offensive end ... From scoring 10 at home against Radford on Dec. 9 through tallying a career-best 22 in a home overtime win over Furman (Jan. 21), posted 11-consecutive double-digit scoring outings - seventh-longest streak among freshmen in the NCAA - including scoring 14 points or more six times ... Scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the first half to lead Western over Wofford (Dec. 31) shooting 6-of-7 (86%) from the floor, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range (80%) ... Scored 18 points both at home against Elon (Jan. 2) and on the road at Davidson (Jan. 7) ... Scored 14 points, all of which came in the second half, in the win at Appalachian State (Jan. 9) ... Scored a dozen at home versus Georgia Southern (Jan. 16) and 14 against UNC Greensboro (Jan. 18) ... After opening the game 0-for5 from the floor and 0-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half, nailed 5-of-5 from long range in the second half to score a career-high 22 points - all after halftime - to lead Western over Furman (Jan. 21) ... Her string of 11-consecutive double-digit scoring games ended with four points at the College of Charleston (Jan. 23) ... Returned to double-digits with 14 at Elon (Jan. 30) and 13 at home versus Davidson (Feb. 4) ... Tied for the team-high with 14 points in the home win over Appalachian State (Feb. 6), draining two 3-pointers to move into 10th on WCU's all-time 3-pointers made chart ... Was also one of four Lady Catamounts to earn the SoCon Commissioner's Medal and was named to the SoCon's Academic Honor Roll ... Was also dubbed the Western North Carolina region's College Female Athlete of the Year winning the H. H. Zeugner Award as presented by the Mountain Amateur Athletic Club.
High School: Averaged double-figure scoring all four years of high school (13.8 ppg), helping Asheville High win three-consecutive North Carolina state championships ... The Cougars compiled a stellar 110-11 (.909) record for head coach Sonita Gibbs, including an unblemished 32-0 record in 2004 ... Went unbeaten in conference three-years in a row ... In her final year as a prep, averaged a career-best 17.7 points and six rebounds per game while averaging over 81-percent from the free throw line ... As a junior, averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game while swiping an average of two steals per contest ... In addition to garnering all-conference honors, she was an All-Western North Carolina (WNC) second team selection, All-State honorable mention, as well as a Western Regional All-Tournament team honoree.
Personal: Full name is Lauren Michelle Powell ... Daughter of Scot and Kathy Powell ... Has two siblings, Nicole and Mark.