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Lauren Powell begins her second season as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team. Powell recently completed a stellar career for the Western Carolina, 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 championship.

Powell is ranked seventh at WCU 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 were 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 recently completed her work for a master’s degree in Health Education at Western Carolina University. A native of Asheville, Powell played for Asheville High School prior to coming to Western Carolina, winning three consecutive North Carolina High School State Championships.