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I’ve been meaning to write this post for the past few weeks but I haven’t been sure where to start it. How do I sum up something that was my sister’s life for the past 12 years?
I started playing basketball in 5th grade and Loren followed me a year later. Growing up less than 13 months apart, Loren and I always did everything together. She always tells me that she started basketball because she saw me playing (whether that’s true or not, she knows it makes me feel good!). While we played different positions (point guard for me, forward/center for her), we were lucky enough to play on the same AAU basketball team where we had my Dad as a coach. After 8th grade, I gave up basketball. But Loren continued to play.
I don’t think anyone in my family realized how good Loren was until she made the varsity basketball team in 9th grade. Although I’m from a small town, my high school is huge and sports are really competitive. Loren was only the third 9th grader in school history to make the varsity team. I remember my entire family be completely shocked but excited!
In 11th grade, she joined an elite AAU team made up of the best players in all of Northern Michigan. Her team ended winning in the championship game and were the best AAU team in the entire state of Michigan! Furthermore, this automatically allowed her to gain not only statewide attention, but attention from out-of-state collegiate coaches.
Loren figured out early on that she wanted to go Division 3 in basketball. She got interest/offers from smaller Division 1 schools but she was realistic. She knew that after college, she would be done with basketball and she needed something to fall back to…an education. Besides being a fantastic basketball player, she is incredibly smart! She narrowed in on the UAA Conference of Division 3. The UAA arguably is one of the best conferences in Division 3 and has the best academic programs. Schools include Carnegie Mellon, Emory, Wash U (shout out to my alma mater!), University of Rochester, Brandeis, NYU, Case Western, and University of Chicago with Johns Hopkins as a former member. While I was pushing Wash U (selfish reasons), Loren ultimately fit best at the University of Rochester.
4 years later and I can’t believe her basketball career is over. I’ve watched her games in person, from my dorm room at Wash U, and as far as away as my apartment in Germany (at 1 am…). When she stepped off the court for the last time a few weeks ago, I think I was more of an emotional mess than she was. I kept crying and crying. I couldn’t believe that it was finally over for her! I spent hours playing with her as a little girl to playing on the same AAU team to watching her in high school and stalking her games online in college. It probably won’t hit me until next year that she’s actually done.
- averaged 13.8 points and 12.6 rebounds
- ranked 1st on her team in points per game, rebounds per game, field goals made, field goal percentage, and free throws made
- ranked 18th in University of Rochester history for scoring (820 points)
- ranked 7th in University of Rochester history for rebounding (755 rebounds)
- ranked 1st in University of Rochester history for field goal percentage (53.8%)
- ranked 5th in the UAA for scoring
- ranked 1st in the UAA for rebounding and double-doubles (she had 16!)
- ranked 3rd in the UAA for field goal percentage
- ranked 6th in the UAA for minutes played
- named UAA Player of the Week twice this season
- ranked in the Top 25 of Division 3 in rebounding, double-doubles, and field goal percentage
- scored a career-high of 28 points at the University of Chicago this year
- named to 1st Team All-Conference (UAA) this year
- named to 1st Team All-Region this year (1 of 5 women out of about 600 to receive this honor!)
Pretty much she dominated her senior year :) I’m just so so so proud of her and happy to call myself her biggest fan. I’m such a crazy, stalker fan that I knew she made 1st Team All-Region before she did! I texted her “Congrats!” at 12:30 am and she replied back, “What are you talking about?” haha…after I told her she made 1st Team All-Region, she told me that I needed to join the CIA/FBI for my cyber-stalking skills (I think I’m proud of that compliment!?)