“They didn’t know anything about basketball ... which they claim to now,” Lauren joked.
When Lauren started playing basketball at 5, she quickly became queen of the neighborhood games on her driveway.
“Everyday I would play with the neighborhood boys and they didn’t like playing with me because they would lose,” she said.
As she got older, those games turned into 2-on-1 matchups where Lauren would pass to herself as her own teammate and occasionally even play in inline skates.
“I wanted it to be fair,” she laughed. “They weren’t very good at basketball so I decided to make it a little more challenging and throw on the roller blades and see if it would work.”
She won even in the inline skates, but that was a long time ago.
“It’s a lot different nowadays as they’ve gotten bigger and stronger,” she said of her neighborhood playmates. “But that’s how it used to be.”
The DeSutters caught their fair share of Indiana Pacers games over the years as Lauren’s favorite player was Reggie Miller. She was also a fan of Purdue women’s basketball and attended multiple camps getting autographs from all of her favorite Lady Boilermakers.
Those camps helped her develop as a player and honed her shot to the reliable motion that it is today. Lauren used to flick her thumb alongside the ball because she wasn’t strong enough to push it. She got a tip of putting a penny in the crease between her thumb and index finger to sharpen her shooting form.
She would start in front of the rim and make 100 shots without the penny dropping. If the penny drops, it meant she was moving her hand. After making her first set of 100, she would take five steps back and start the process over and then take another five steps back.