Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University senior Lauren Davenport scored her 1,000th point during the Foresters’ first-round game in the Division II National Tournament of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Thursday, Huntington defeated the Jamestown College Jimmies 64-54 and advanced to a second-round game at 3:30 p.m. (CST) today against Davenport University of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Coming into the game, Davenport needed six points to reach the 1,000 mark. She finished with a game-high 19 points.
“It was not a goal coming into college,” she said. “I don’t consider myself to be a scorer, but this is something awesome.”
Lauren Davenport (No. 10) drives down the court. Playing defense is Ali Edwards of the Jamestown College Jimmies. Following Davenport is Kelsey Green.
While she is pleased with her accomplishment, Davenport has her eye on an even bigger prize.
“Always the goal would be to win the national tournament,” the Andrews, Ind., native said. “I just want to have fun playing with my teammates during these last games. Hopefully, we can win the games we need to.”
Despite the intense atmosphere of the tournament, Davenport does not seem rattled by the pressure.
“I’m not doing anything different,” she said. “I’m not superstitious. I’m not too worried about not knowing much about the other teams. At the beginning of the season, we didn’t know much about the other teams either. We just went out and played hard. We’re doing the same here.”
As the lone senior, Davenport feels a responsibility to the seven freshmen on the team, explaining that she views herself as a “teacher” to them.
“I didn’t know what to expect this year,” she said. “Only five of us were returning players. A few of the freshmen have really stepped up big time, though.”
When she graduates in May, Davenport will leave with lessons she learned from her team.
“I learned how to work hard,” she said. “I learned what kinds of results you can get when you do that as opposed to just going through the motions. It’s harder but more rewarding. I learned how to work with different personalities and different motivations.”
Whatever happens in today’s game, Davenport already feels like a winner.
“I’m just really excited,” she said. “This is something I’d been hoping for these last four years. For this to happen my senior year is just really cool.”
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