Plouffe Set for Canadian Senior National Team Tryout
May 2, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Marquette sophomore Katherine Plouffe of the women's basketball team has a busy month ahead of her after being called to Team Canada's Senior National Team training camp set for May 3-16.
"It's a great opportunity to be recognized by the senior national program as an Olympic-caliber athlete," said Plouffe. "I'm expecting to use what I've learned this year and the growth I've had as a player to see what I can do and make an impact. Hopefully I can fit in well and get used to the offense quickly."
Plouffe will be training at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia with the Canadian Senior Women's National Team while looking to earn a spot on its 2012 Summer Olympic Games roster. Plouffe is among 25 players invited to the training camp.
Plouffe believes her development this year and versatility will play big factors in the coaching staff's decision whether or not to put her on the roster.
"I think I can use what I've learned this year to help me be a versatile player for the Canadian team. Seeing how they played last summer, it helped me realize the level I need to be at to play for the senior team," said Plouffe.
Plouffe has tremendous experience playing with Canada Basketball, which led to the invitation to the training camp, but she says competing in the BIG EAST Conference will help her adjust to the pace and physicality of the game at the senior level.
"Going from U19 to senior level, there is a lot more experience on the team, the pace is faster, the play is more physical and they use a lot more motion offense. Last year playing on the U19 team definitely helped me get used to international ball again, but I also feel two seasons of playing in the BIG EAST where the game is more physical and faster, will only benefit me in the long run. If not this year, I want to help Canada in the future," said Plouffe.
Plouffe led Marquette in scoring (13.8 points) and rebounding (8.1 rebounds), while registering nine double-doubles during the regular season, including a league-high five in BIG EAST play. She proved to be one of the most versatile players in the conference as she ranked among the league leaders in six different statistical categories in BIaG EAST play and in eight categories overall.
Plouffe was a member of the U19 Canadian Women's National Team, which placed fifth at the 2011 FIBA Women's World Championship, and the Canadian Junior National Team, which placed third at the U18 FIBA America World Qualifier. She also was a member of the U15 and U17 Alberta Provincial Teams.