Nov. 27, 2005
The Husky Classic uncovered some new talent this past weekend.
Huskies sophomore center Andrea Plouffe proved she is ready to be a main contributor to the team this year, scoring a career-high 13 points in Saturday's 77-61 win over San Diego before earning her first-career double-double with a 17-point, 10-rebound performance in Sunday's championship game.
Both Plouffe's points and boards Sunday were career-highs, while her double-double against the Owls was the first of her career and the second by a Husky this season.
Plouffe inside dominance hardly resembles the player who averaged just 1.6 points, and 1.2 rebounds per game a year ago.
"She has improved so much," teammate Emily Florence said Sunday. "She has been working out this off-season, getting in shape, and is really physical, and can box people out and get some boards. She is a big help to us."
Plouffe was rewarded for her two-game totals of 30 points and 13 rebounds by being named tournament MVP. She was also rewarded with a compliment from head coach June Daugherty.
"Dre played really well in the post tonight," Daugherty said. "To me that was the difference - to be able to accept the challenge of playing against that kind of size and strength. It was awesome to see that."
Husky fans hope to see more awesome performances from Plouffe Dec. 9, when the Huskies return from a two-game road trip to face Big Ten foe Michigan.