Athletics Hall of Fame
Laurie (Peterson) Gross

Laurie (Peterson) Gross

SPORT(S) Women's Basketball

Laurie (Peterson) Gross prided herself on being a complete basketball player. The three-time team MVP remains on the career top-10 lists at Bemidji State for scoring (*1,707 points-2nd), assists (291-6th), rebounds (696-6th), steals (158-7th) and blocks (48-8th). A four-year starter and three-year captain, the physical education major led BSU to a 70-43 overall record and an NSC title, three NAIA District 13 championships and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. She holds school records for career field goals made (740) and field goals attempted (1,591). Her 469 field goals attempted during the 1982-83 season are the highest for a single-season. The 29 shots hoisted against Moorhead State University in 1982-83 are the most ever attempted. She posted three of BSU’s top 10 single-season scoring totals with 460 (6th) in 1982-83, 455 (7th) in 1984-85 and 451 (9th) in 1985-86 and led the Beavers in scoring during each of her four years on the team. Laurie led the conference in scoring in 1984-86.

Her postseason honors include being named All-NSC in 1982-83, 1984-85 and 1985-86. She was a three-time All-District 13 player in 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1985-86. She also was named All-America Honorable Mention in 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86 and Kodak/WBCA All-District 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. Laurie and her teammates from the 1985-86 team were inducted into the BSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. A 20-year employee of General Mills, she and her husband, Doug, have two adult children, Kayla and Kyle. Laurie and Doug live in Wellston, Ohio. 


*Laurie’s scoring total was achieved before the three-point shot was established.