Dec. 7, 2005
Sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe has quickly made a name for herself this season for the 5-2 Husky women's basketball team. She currently ranks second on the team with 8.6 points per game to accompany 3.7 rebounds per contest. Those numbers follow a freshman campaign where the Edmonton, Alberta native averaged just 4.6 minutes and 1.6 points per game. Plouffe sat down with GoHuskies.com's CJ Bowles to talk about her play so far as well as what the team can improve before the Pac-10 conference schedule starts.
GoHuskies.com: How is the season going so far?
Andrea Plouffe: "We had a good initial start, but we had a little trouble in Texas this past weekend. I'm sure that we'll bounce back from it though."
GH: Do you think those losses to Baylor and Texas A&M could help the team in the long run?
AP: "Yeah. I think now we know that we really do need to keep improving and getting better. We can't let our guard down. I think that's what happened."
GH: Last year you were a contributor, but this year you have taken over a starting role and are the team's second-leading scorer. How has that transition been for you?
AP: "I worked really, really hard in the off-season. I wanted to help contribute to the team more and try to be a presence inside. So the role is different, but I obviously enjoy playing more."
GH: Did you anticipate your role increasing as much as it did after your freshman year?
AP: "I knew that if I kept working hard my game would be where it is. I knew that I had the potential to be where I'm at now. I wasn't expecting it though.
GH: What exactly did you work to improve on during the off-season?
AP: "Conditioning first of all because I was in need of that. I also did lots of shooting and weight lifting to get stronger. Oh, and a lot of work with post stuff."
GH: You came to UW last year while still recovering from an injury. How much of an effect did that have on your season and ability?
AP: "Honestly, never during the preseason was I fully back. And then the season started and I was out of shape, so I was behind in that and couldn't really focus on what I needed to do."
GH: This team is basically unchanged from last year, but seems to be carrying more confidence this season. What do you attribute that to?
AP: "I think that's straight experience to be honest. It was a lot of our first year's last year. Now, we all have a year under our belt and some players who were coming back from injury have that year too. So now we've all played together for a year and a half now. Confidence comes from experience and playing together more."
GH: With the conference schedule on the horizon, what do you think this team needs to improve on to be ready for Pac-10 opponents?
AP: "I think we need to continue with our aggressive defense. We let up a little bit this past weekend, but I think we need continue to work on it and continue to be a defensive team before an offensive team because it will help us in the long run."
GH: What has impressed you most about this team so far?
AP: "Honestly, for the first five games I would say our defense. We won a lot of those games just because of defense. We were getting in the passing lanes, boxing out, just being aggressive. Offense will come, but we focus on defense before offense."
GH: The team's next four games are at home. Are you excited that you won't have to do any traveling over the holidays?
AP: "Definitely. I'm definitely excited that we don't have to go on the road anymore for like a month. It's more fun and easier to play on your home court."