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Lauren Edwards

School

Princeton

Position
Guard
Major
Economics
PPG
11.6
RPG
4.7
APG
1.7

Classroom

A member of the women’s basketball team, Edwards will graduate with a degree in economics with a certificate in political economy in the spring of 2012 from one of the nation’s most selective universities. Princeton maintains a high standard of academic excellence and does not offer athletic scholarships. She has twice earned Academic All-Ivy honors. Edwards’ junior paper, a Princeton requirement, was entitled Regressional Analysis of Aid Flows to Southeast Asian Agriculture. This past summer she interned in New York City in the Investment Banking Division at Barclays Capital and will be starting there as a full-time investment banking analyst in the summer of 2012 under the corporate finance division.

Character

Edwards is the captain of the two-time defending Ivy League Championship women’s basketball team. Outside the courts, her fortitude is evident. She spent a summer in Cambodia (see below) making the decision to be on her own in a foreign country, but did so to help others. Her initiative in teaching them, building a farm was all for the progress of their village. Edwards also spent a summer in Italy working at the United Nations. She puts herself in these adverse situations to learn from them and become a better citizen. Her worth ethic is second-to-none; playing on a championship basketball team, earning academic honors from the Ivy League and committing herself to volunteer work.

Community

Edwards is dedicated to community service. She spent the summer before her junior year in Cambodia where she taught English in the Kampong Tralach Village. She also helped to build a self-sustainability English/hospitality school. On an annual basis, Edwards participates in Weapons of Mass Construction, a community service initiative by Princeton student-athletes helping to build “green village” that will house offices for public interest and environmental organizations, a training center for inner city youth, as well as homes and artist studios. Edwards also was involved in a beach cleanup with her employer, Barclays, this summer. In addition she writes pen pal letters during basketball season. This past summer, Edwards and the rest of the Princeton team spent five days in Senegal, Africa where they held a basketball clinic for local youth and visited an orphanage.

Competition

A starter since her freshman year, Edwards has helped the Tigers to back-to-back Ivy League titles and NCAA Championships. She was named first-team All-Ivy her sophomore and junior years and was on the Ivy League All-Rookie team as a freshman. In 86 career games, Edwards has a cumulated .456 shooting percentage, a .391 three-point percentage, and a .708 free throw percentage. She scores an average of 11.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Edwards also has 169 assists, 110 steals and 67 blocks in her career. She is just 18 points away from hitting 1,000 career points. Edwards was second on the team in scoring last year with 11.9 pints per game while adding 4.8 boards per game. She was second on the team in blocks and third in steals and assists. During her three years she has helped the Tigers to a 64-22 overall record and a 36-6 record in the Ivy League.