On January 3, Kylie Lorenzen (’19) became the 17th player in SNHU basketball history to reach the 1,000th point milestone during a Northeast-10 match-up against Pace University. She is the first player to reach this mark since Sloane Sorrell in 2013. She is 12th place on the program’s all-time scoring list.
Lorenzen, who is from Holliston, Massachusetts, was honored during a brief ceremony prior to competing against Le Moyne College on January 9 for scoring her 1,000th point.
“Scoring my 1,000th point was a huge moment for me,” Lorenzen said. “It meant a lot. This is the second time in my basketball career I have scored 1,000 points, the other being in my senior year of high school, so accomplishing this again, especially in college, means everything to me.”
Throughout her career as a college athlete, she has racked up 410 field goals and has scored 333 of her opportune 415 free throws. This season alone, Lorenzen has earned 425 points and made 33 steals, 219 rebounds, and 44 assists. She averages 18.5 points per game.
Coach Karen Pinkos, who is in her 11th season coaching the Penmen, is very fortunate to have a player like Lorenzen on her team. She is blown away by her athletic ability and her strength and determination on the court.
“Kylie is a very good athlete,” said Pinks about Lorenzen. “She just keeps getting better and better. She is a multidimensional player; she can score, she can rebound, she’s a good passer, and you can always count on her. We haven’t had her level of athlete here. She’s probably the most athletic player I’ve ever coached in terms of speed and jumping ability. She always wants to win and she puts the team first. She cares about what she does, so she takes a lot of pride in her work.”
Lorenzen is exceptionally close to her teammates. She admires them and they inspire her to play her best during every contest. Without their appreciation and support, she says, she would not have the same devotion to the sport.
“I love my teammates,” said Lorenzen. “They’re like my sisters. And even though I get all these points and accolades and all that stuff, my teammates don’t treat me any differently. They don’t put me on a pedestal which is very important to me; I don’t like to be in the spotlight. They treat me like anyone else which I really appreciate.”
Teammates Catherine Stinson (’18), and Tessa Stewart-Morrison (’20), weighed in on how grateful they are to have a teammate like Lorenzen.
“It’s really great to have her as a teammate,” said Stinson. “She’s a very versatile player; she’s very helpful to us.”
Stewart-Morrison also believes Lorenzen is a major asset to the successes of the team. Much like how Lorenzen is inspired by her teammates, Stewart-Morrison feels Lorenzen is an inspiration to herself and her other teammates.
“Kylie is a great teammate,” Stewart-Morrison said. “She’s really reliable. She’ll always try to help the team. She works hard every day, she’s always in the gym, and that inspires me to work harder. She’s a really approachable person. For instance, if I’m having a problem, I go to her and she helps me out.”
Lorenzen and her teammates return to action February 10, when they take on Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. They return home on Wednesday, February 14, when they face Saint Anselm College in a cross-town showdown at the SNHU Arena in Manchester at 5:30 pm.