Lady Pokes replace Brodhead with WNBA star

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Former professional player and Southern Miss standout, Pauline Love has been named McNeese State's women's basketball assistant coach as announced by head coach Brooks Donald Williams.

"I am so excited about adding Pauline to our staff. Pauline is like family to my husband and me. I am so proud of what she's accomplished as a player and more thrilled about what she's going to bring to our program as a coach and recruiter. She has an energy and passion like no other player I have ever been around. She loves the game. She lives it and she is going to work very hard for our girls and for our program," Williams said.

Love is a native of Luxora, Arkansas who spent three seasons at Southern Miss after a one year stint at Jones County Junior College.

While at Southern Miss, Love was a three-time, first team All-Conference USA performer as well as a three-time finalist for the Gillom Trophy, which recognizes the top women's collegiate basketball player in the state of Mississippi.

"I wanted to be a part of something special. It is so fun to be around a good group of girls who are so well mannered and have so much respect for each other and their coach. With all of my success as a player, I have never been a part of a championship team and now as a coach, I have the privilege of doing so. I can't wait to get started," Love said.

In her senior season with the Lady Eagles, Love averaged 18.3 ppg and 12.8 rpg.  She also ranked second in the nation in both rebounds per game and double-doubles (21), as well as ranking 33rd in scoring.

Love guided the Lady Eagles to one postseason appearance during her tenure, in which they reached the round of 16 in the WNIT.  She finished her playing career ranking in the Top 10 on the school charts in nine different categories, including second in rebound average (11.1), third in rebounds (1,051), fourth in scoring average (16.6) and sixth in points scored (1,576).

Love went on to the next level following her collegiate career, playing for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun in 2010 and the Cote d'Opale Basket Calais professional team in France during the 2010-11 season.

"I have so much more respect for the game of basketball and the work ethic it requires to play at the highest levels. Hopefully sharing some of my playing and practicing experiences here can better Cowgirl Basketball."

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