My name is Lauren Loven. I am a senior at the University of Denver and I am double majoring in International Business and Finance. I have been playing basketball ever since I could walk. I worked my whole life to fulfill my dream of playing D1 basketball.
The University of Denver has given me an amazing 4 years and I was able to accomplish great things with my team. I broke the 3 point record for my school and the summit league with the most 3s in a single season with 111. I also was ranked top 10 all 4 years in 3 pointers made. I finished my career 8th on the all time scoring list for DU and 2nd all time 3pt shooter for the league.
“All this success came with hardships. There were days where I was mentally weak and would find myself in shooting slumps. I was hard on myself which would then reflect poorly on my team. I had to find strength and confidence within myself and trust my teammates that no matter what, we always have each other. Competing at the D1 level isn’t easy and it takes a lot of time, dedication and love for your game to make a name for yourself.”
“DU has given me the opportunity to do just that and I am grateful for all the memories and relationships I formed over the years. My heart goes out to all the individuals who lost their seasons due to the coronavirus. I know what that last game feels like and I am saddened that so many athletes had that last game feeling earlier than they were expecting. You just never know when you will be done with the game forever.”
“I learned over the years that you can never take anything for granted and you have to treat every rep, practice, and game like it is your last. Trust yourself and keep striving to be the best you can be. I hope everyone who has passion and love for the game will never give up their dreams no matter what obstacles come their way. Always believe. God bless and stay safe!”