Need an important rebound or a crucial block? Another double-double? Someone to set a back screen? Who are you gonna call?
If you were involved with those great WPI women's basketball teams of the mid-'90s, the answer was never in doubt: Jennifer Lovin.
There were many reasons why the 1995 team finished 18-10, played in the NEW-8 championship finals, and competed in the ECAC postseason tourney. And why the 1996 team finished 23-6 (the best single-season record in WPI history), won the NEW-8 championship, and reached the second round of the NCAA postseason tourney.
There were several star-quality players on those squads, but one of them not only put up the numbers, but did the "dirty work"-rebounds, blocks, back screens, and tough defense. That was the essence of Jenn Lovin.
She was confident, hard-working, willing to take on the burden-the kind of all-around player coaches love. Jenn could be relied upon to put points on the board-her 1,036 career points ranks 10th in WPI annals. She could be relied upon to compete-her 101 games played ranks sixth. And she could be relied upon to make the shot when it counted the most-her .473 career shooting percentage ranks third.
Rebounding and intimidating the shooter came naturally. The 6-foot center pulled down 934 rebounds in her career, ranking fourth in WPI history. Her 9.3 rebounds per game remains at fourth. Her 50 blocks in 1994-95 is tied for second in single-season history.
Jenn recorded double-digit rebounds a remarkable 48 times in those 101 games. She was credited with 34 double-doubles (points and rebounds), fourth in WPI history.
She was the team MVP in 1994 and a NEW-8 All-Star in 1995, when she averaged a double-double the entire season: 11.3 ppg and 10.7 rpg. She did it again, as co-captain, in her senior year: 13.3 and 10.6. Once again, she was a NEW-8 All-Star, and she participated in the New England Women's Basketball Association Senior Classic. She also was named an ECAC Scholar-Athlete that season.
Jenn also played tennis at WPI, earning three letters. WPI won the MAIAW Tournament in each of her three years on the tennis team.
Her hard work on and off the courts has paid off and today she is yet another WPI success story. She is a well-respected pediatrician in Gales Ferry, Conn.
For all her outstanding achievements, it is with honor that WPI inducts Jennifer R. Lovin into its Athletic Hall of Fame