Golden Eagles Add Two for 2010-11 Season
June 1, 2010
Plouffe will have four years of eligibility starting in the fall, while Waugaman, a junior college transfer from four-time NJCAA Champion Kirkwood, will have two years of eligibility.
"We are thrilled to add Katherine and Andi to our Marquette family," said Mitchell. "Both will be tremendous assets to our team as they give us more size, which is something that we are definitely looking for. Both of these young women know how to win. They come from great winning traditions. Katherine will add an international flavor and a different dimension to our team coming from Canada. Andi comes from Kirkwood Community College, a place that we are very familiar with, and is a winner in every way."
Waugaman, a 6-1 post player, finished the 2009-10 season at Kirkwood averaging 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while making 50.3 percent of her attempts from the floor and helping the Kirkwood to its fourth consecutive NJCAA championship. Waugaman was named the tournament most valuable player and was named to the ICCAC All-Region Third Team in 2010. As a freshman at Kirkwood, Waugaman averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds.
During her prep career at Waukee High School, Waugaman helped the Warriors to a 22-2 record and a final four appearance at the state tournament her senior season in 2007-08. Waugaman was the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder with 12.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during her senior season. She was a varsity starter each of her four years and earned all-conference and all-academic honors. Waugaman was a first team All-Central Iowa Metropolitan League selection, a third team all-state and second team IGCA selection. She was a member of the 2008 Goalsetter Class 4A Girls All-Star Team following her senior year.
"Andi is an extremely physical player. She is willing to do whatever it takes to help our team succeed as is evident in her helping Kirkwood to win back-to-back national junior college championships. She will give our posts great competition every day, and her physical play will definitely be needed to compete in the BIG EAST," said Mitchell.
Plouffe a 6-3 prep standout from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, attended and competed for Harry Ainlay Composite High School for two seasons and spent the one season at the National Elite Development Academy.
"Katherine has a variety of skills that she brings to our team. For her size, at 6-3, you automatically think post, but she has played the point guard position and can handle the ball. She is a great passer and will be more of a facing post for us. She gives us the size we are looking for as well as versatility to play on the perimeter to add to the overall talent of our team," said Mitchell.
While at Harry Ainlay, Plouffe averaged 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals per game while shooting 57.4 percent from the field in 2007-08, and 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists during the 2009-10 season. During both the 2007-08 season and 2009-10 season, Harry Ainlay won city and provincial championships.
Plouffe spent the 2008-09 season at the National Elite Development Acadmey (NEDA) in Hamilton, Ontario where she was the starting shooting guard. Her NEDA team traveled to France for an international tour where it defeated the French National U18 team and the French Junior National Team twice in March of 2009.