AS A SOPHOMORE (2005-06):: Averaged 15.3 minutes and 4.0 points in 2005-06 ... started 12 games ... tied then-career high with seven rebounds in opener vs. UCSB (11/18) ... five points and four boards vs. Western Carolina (11/20) ... did not play vs. Maryland and Gonzaga (ankle) ... nine points on 3-of-4 shooting in just 12 minutes vs. Pepperdine (12/4)...also matched career best with four assists ... 10 points and nine rebounds vs. Detroit (10/7) ... five boards and four points vs. Houston (12/17) ... four points and four assists at No. 16 Oklahoma (12/21) ... six points, three rebounds at No. 3 LSU (12/28) ... five rebounds, four points vs. Central Michigan (12/30) ... eight points, four boards vs. Michigan (1/1) ... great all-around performance vs. Penn State (1/5), collecting nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks ... 10 points and five rebounds on 5-for-7 shooting at Iowa (1/9) ... six rebounds vs. Illinois (1/19) ... seven points vs. No. 7 Ohio State (1/22) ... four points, four rebounds in win over No. 11 Minnesota (2/9) ... four points and three rebounds vs. Wisconsin (2/12) ... four points, three boards and two steals vs. Iowa (2/16) ... seven points on 3-of-5 shooting with three rebounds at No. 6 Ohio State (2/20) ... scored eight points off the bench on 3-of-5 shooting in NCAA second-round win over Kentucky (3/20)
AS A FRESHMAN (2004-05): Played in 27 games, averaging 6.3 minutes per game ... totaled 30 points, 42 rebounds, nine steals, eight assists and five blocked shots ... scored four points in the season opener vs. Central Connecticut State Nov. 20 ... had three points and five rebounds vs. Santa Clara Nov. 27 ... collected six rebounds, three steals and two points vs. Eastern Illinois Dec. 9 ... had five points, four rebounds and a career-high two blocks vs. Vermont Dec. 21 ... had two points and two boards at Ohio State Jan. 6 ... missed the Iowa game Jan. 9 after having stitches in her left hand due to an injury in practice ... two points, three rebounds and a career-high four assists vs. Michigan Feb. 23 ... career-best seven rebounds plus a basket in NCAA Tournament first-round victory over Alcorn State March 19 ... scored three consecutive baskets in the second half for a career-high six points in the NCAA regional semifinals victory over Vanderbilt March 27 ... had two points and a blocked shot in the national championship game vs. Baylor April 5.
PRIOR TO MSU: Ranked as the No. 138 player in her recruiting class by All-Star Girls Report ... first-team all-state as a senior by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press ... Monroe Evening News Player of the Year as a senior and junior ... finalist for the Detroit Athletic Club Player of the Year award as a senior ... named first-team all-conference last three seasons, and was an all-region pick all four years ... four-year starter who led her team in scoring and rebounding every year ... scored 1,161 career points ... averaged 19.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks as a senior while leading team to a 25-1 record ... as a junior, averaged 16.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists while earning third-team all-state recognition and leading her team to a 21-5 mark and a conference championship ... adidas Top Ten All-American as a junior ... added 11.9 points and 8.8 rebounds as a sophomore, and 10.5 points and 6.2 boards per game as a freshman ... honorable mention all-state as a sophomore while leading team to its first ever regional title ... named Bedford's most valuable offensive player as a senior and sophomore ... served as team captain as a junior and senior ... played for the Livingston Sting AAU basketball team, helping her 18U team to a 19th-place national finish and being named MVP of the 17U Deep South Tournament ... named Sting player of the year in 2000 and 2001 ... 2002 and 2003 Academic All-State ... National Honor Society member and honor roll student ... served on Principal's Advisory Committee.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 26, 1986 ... daughter of Steve and Mary Hall ... brother Kevin is a punter on the Michigan State football team ... general business administraton pre-law major.
GETTING TO KNOW LAURA:
What does it mean to be a Spartan?
I have been given so many opportunities because I am part of one of the most elite programs in the country. I feel pride in knowing that I have been given the chance to represent not only MSU as an instutution, but being the face of every other student when representing our Spartan colors.
Why did you choose to come to MSU?
Being able to participate in a Big Ten program was part of it, but I came in at a time when MSU was starting to evolve as one of the leading programs in the country. The campus is unparallelled compared to any I had seen before. MSU has wonderful facilities and continues to support all its athletic programs, allowing it to remain one of the premier programs.
What do you love about the NCAA Tournament?
Most people looking from the outside at our success would have no idea what we as athletes put into being part of this team. We work 10 months out of the year melding with each other. We can't celebrate our hard work until the NCAA Tournament when the rest of the counrty acutally recognizes our hard work in the selection process. We can then step up to any competitor and show them what we're made of. I love the atmosphere, knowing that we can take our place among the best. Really, it's all about the chase for the title.
What quote best describes you?
Failing is what makes us human, it keeps us grounded. Every time we fall we realize how far we've come in life. But the beauty of it is each time we become a little more numb to the falling and the climbing is what drives us. I'm just living until the day when I fall and never feel the bottom--by that time I'll already be dead. - Lance Armstrong
What does it mean to you to give back to the community?
I realize that I have been truly blessed with so many gifts in life. The opportunity I have been given at MSU has been an amazing experience. I feel the love and dedication from our fans in the community everyday and I want to say thank you by giving back my support when I'm able to. From working with young girls who aspire to dream big at basketball camps to participating in local charity events, I feel that we all try to get as involved as our schedule permits.
In difficult situations, how do you handle adversity?
I try to live by Plato's saying, "Be kind, for everyone is fighting their own hard battle." it tells me that everyone needs to persevere through their own adversity and hard times. I try to realize that I am not alone. Whether it is a problem in basketball or my personal life, I try to focus on what I have already overcome in the past and realize that these obstacles have made me stronger every time. As I'm going through each "crisis," I put one foot in front of the other and have faith that God has a plan for me, even if I don't know what the plan is yet.
-Three-Point- Year GP/GS Min./Avg FG-FGA FG% FG-FGA FG% FT-FTA FT% REB AVG PF/D A TO BL ST PTS AVG 2004-05 27/1 171/6.3 14-34 .412 0-0 .000 2-4 .500 42 1.6 26/0 8 12 5 9 30 1.1 2005-06 32/12 489/15.3 55-129 .426 0-0 .000 18-30 .600 96 3.0 72/3 25 39 15 18 128 4.0 Career 59/13 660/11.2 69-163 .423 0-0 .000 20-34 .588 138 2.3 98/3 33 51 20 27 158 2.7
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