UM Basketball Player Excels in the Lab and on the Court

There are more than 4,000 Division I women's basketball players in the nation. Hannah Doran may be the only one who can answer the following: Which is tougher, defending espnW National Player of the Year Jewell Loyd or taking a full course load of upper-division biochemistry classes?
 
"I guess they are both hard in their own way. But it was definitely more fun trying to guard her," said Doran, a University of Montana redshirt senior from Corvallis, Oregon.
 
The former came with limited success, as it did for most players and teams last winter, as Loyd led Notre Dame to a 36-3 record and a 77 - 43 victory over Montana in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
 
The latter? Doran has the upper hand. The biochemistry major took courses this spring in genetics, advanced instrumental analysis and advanced biochemistry, along with labs and an advanced Spanish course, and earned a 3.83 cumulative GPA.
 
Hannah Doran on the Lady Griz court.It’s no surprise, then, that she’s the recipient of the John D. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to one outstanding chemistry student.
 
If this dual success -- playing a key role on a Big Sky Conference championship team and excelling in a demanding major – seems unexpected, then you don't know the Dorans.
 
The family’s eldest, Elizabeth, was a biomedical engineering major and basketball player at Santa Clara University. Sister Emily played at University of Idaho and majored in biochemistry. Then there’s Molly, a health major who played at Southern Oregon University. And finally, Ben, their younger brother, who plays club baseball at Boise State. It makes you wonder what parents Patrick and Marian served the clan at the breakfast table that resulted in so many high achievers.
 
"I guess I'm just internally motivated. I try to be a hard worker in a lot of different areas of my life,” said Hannah Doran. "It was good to have older siblings. I was able to look up to them."
 
Doran doesn’t know what she wants to do after graduation, but she is grateful that, thanks to her UM degree, the world is wide open.
 
In the meantime, she'll be one of three seniors on this year's Lady Griz team. She’ll play hard, and study hard. Then she'll graduate in May 2016 with the type of resume that will garner attention no matter what path she chooses to follow.