Lauren Huggins progressed nicely in her second full season, asserting herself as one of the premier 3-point shooters in the Pac-12. She has range that extends well beyond the 3-point arc. The first Colorado signee of the Linda Lappe era, she provides the back court with a fantastic scoring option from long distance. Continuing the development of her all-around game will be key for Huggins to build upon as she enters her junior season.
Career: Ranks 15th in career 3-pointers with 83 and 16th in 3-point attempts at 222.
2014-15 (Sophomore): A regular in the rotation, she played in all 32 games averaging 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds. Huggins was second on the team with 43 3-pointers and hit 38.4 percent from long range, ranking 11th in the Pac-12. Her percentage tied Annan Wilson (1989-90) for the 19th best single-season performance in team history (based on a minimum of 50 attempts). She made 14 of her final 28 from 3-point range including 7-of-13 over her final four contests. All but two of her season's field goals came from beyond the 3-point arc. Huggins scored a season-high 12 points, hitting 4-of-7 from 3-point range, in the double overtime win over Colorado State (11/29). Three of her 3-pointers came during the overtime sessions; two in the final minute of the first overtime, including one with 1.7 seconds left to force double overtime. Huggins had a nearly identical outing in her next game scoring 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting against San Jose State (12/5). She totaled four games scoring in double figures, the last coming in CU's Pac-12 Tournament win over USC (3/5) where she had 11 points, hitting all three 3-point attempts. Huggins scored the final point in Colorado's upset win over No. 8/9 ranked and top seeded Oregon State in the Pac-12 quarterfinals. After the Beavers made a shot to close CU's lead to two points, Huggins controlled the inbounds pass and hit a free throw to provide the final margin.
2013-14 (Freshman - Medical Hardship): Appeared in 26 games, all-off the bench, and ranked second on the team with 36 3-point field goals. Huggins was Colorado’s most accurate long-range shooter, hitting on 36.4 percent beyond the arc, a mark good enough to rank 11th in the Pac-12 Conference. She scored a career-high 16 points in the win over Alcorn State (11/15), hitting a team season-best five 3-pointers. Huggins matched that output later in the season, during the home win over Arizona (1/24), she made 5-of-8 from downtown, finishing with 15 points. She had a good all-around game against Iowa (11/20), scoring nine points, on 3-of-6 from 3-point range, with a personal-best five rebounds to go with two assists and two steals. During that stretch of Alcorn State, Iowa and at New Mexico (11/23), Huggins made 12-of-24 (.500) from downtown. She had nine games with at least two 3-pointers and hit one in each of Colorado’s five postseason contests, making 7-of-13 during that run (.538).
2012-13 (Freshman): Huggins played in five games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 rebound in 6.0 minutes per game. She scored all 12 of her season’s points on 3-pointers, connecting on 4-of-11 from downtown (.364). Her most extended time came against Colorado State (12/5) where she played 17 minutes and recorded six points, three rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot. Shortly after that game was when she was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right leg that ultimately ended her season. She was granted a medical hardship by the NCAA in the Summer of 2013.
High School: A 2012 graduate of Heritage High School in Littleton, Huggins is the first Colorado signee for Linda Lappe’s coaching staff. A two-time All-Continental League first team selection, Huggins helped the Eagles to an 18-7 record as a senior and a spot in the Sweet 16 of the Class 5A Colorado State Tournament. She was rated as the 64th best player in the nation and the 11th best wing by ESPN HoopGurlz. She starred at 2012 edition of “The Show” Colorado’s annual high school basketball all-star game played at the Pepsi Center. Huggins was named MVP of the contest, scoring a game-high 15 points, hitting on 5-of-6 from 3-point range, in her “Blue” team’s 69-48 win. As a junior she averaged 12 points and nearly eight rebounds per game, guiding the Eagles to the 2011 Class 5A Sweet 16. A two-time honorable mention to the Class 5A All-State team, she played her club basketball with the Boulder Rockies.
Academics: Huggins is majoring in integrative physiology at CU. She earned honorable mention to the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball All-Academic team.
Personal: Born on March 28, 1994, she is the daughter of Jerry and Tracy Huggins of Littleton. She has two older sisters, Erin, a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, and Megan a senior at CU.