Marquette Celebrates the Conclusion of the 2012-13 Season

Junior Katherine Plouffe earned two awards on Wednesday

April 25, 2013

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's basketball team put a final stamp on the 2012-13 season with a post-season team dinner celebration on Wednesday evening in Milwaukee.

Along with dinner, the team voted on winners of seven awards, including awards that reflect the squads' core principles of Believe, Commit, Mature, Respect and Thankfulness. The recipient of each award was selected because they represent those principles and recipients gave a short speech on what the principle means.

"There are five important principles to our program, Believe, Commit, Mature, Respect and Thankfulness," head coach Terri Mitchell said. "We think a good way to continue having conversations about the importance of these principles is to give them out as awards and say who on our team embodies each principle. It is also really great for me to see who the team votes for and the conversations that they have.

"We do less about skill and more about principle and character. We understand that everyone on our team has a skill that they bring to the table and we celebrate people."

Junior Katherine Plouffe received Believe, freshman Brooklyn Pumroy earned Commit, sophomore Apiew Ojulu was selected for Mature, classmate Lauren Tibbs received Respect and sophomore Cristina Bigica earned the award for Thankfulness.

In addition, the team voted on Most Valuable Defensive Player, which was handed out to Bigica, while Most Valuable Offensive Player was given to Plouffe.

Plouffe was the team's leading scorer this season and earned second team All-BIG EAST honors. She averaged 12.6 points per game and grabbed a team-high 7.8 rebounds per contest this season. Bigica took down 2.3 rebounds per game and had 12 steals on the defensive end.




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