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Plouffe Drafted by Seattle With 19th Pick in WNBA Draft

Former Ute Michelle Plouffe was the 19th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.

Former Ute Michelle Plouffe was the 19th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.

April 14, 2014

UNCASSVILLE, Conn. - Utah All-American forward Michelle Plouffe became the fifth player in Utah women's basketball history selected in the WNBA Draft when she was chosen in the second round by the Seattle Storm with the 19th overall pick on Monday.

Plouffe will join New York Liberty guard Leilani Mitchell as the two former Utes currently active on WNBA rosters.

Five Utes have been selected in the WNBA Draft.

Shona Thorburn was a seventh overall pick by the Minnesota Lynx in 2006 with a brief stint with the Seattle Storm in 2007.

Current Director of Community Relations, Kim (Gaucher) Smith, was taken by the Sacramento Monarchs with the 13th overall pick in 2006.

Mitchell was a second-round choice (25th overall) by Phoenix Mercury in 2009.

Current Director of Video Operations Morgan (Nelson) Warburton was a third-round selection (33rd overall) in 2009 by Sacramento.

Plouffe earned a spot on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America Honorable Mention Team and was also named to the WBCA All-Region 8 Team, the Pac-12 All-Conference Teams by both the coaches and media in 2013-14. She was also selected to the league's all-defensive team by the coaches.

Plouffe was second in the Pac-12 with 8.4 defensive rebounds per game and third in the league in total rebounds at 10.6 per game (27th in NCAA).

Plouffe was one of the most complete players in the Pac-12 after being listed among the league leaders in five other categories. She was third with 15 double-doubles (31st in NCAA), sixth (91st in NCAA) in steals (2.1 per game), seventh in minutes (34.9 per game), eighth in scoring (18.4 ppg) (76th in NCAA) and 13th in blocks (0.8 bpg). She also had a .406 (187-461) shooting percentage (234th in NCAA).

 

 

She turned in double-figures in points in 27 of 29 contests she played in this season and recorded double-digits in boards 16 times this season.

She was on the Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List. A Preseason All-American Third Team selection by The Sporting News and an NCAA Senior CLASS Award nominee, Plouffe has been on the Associated Press All-American Team as an honorable mention selection each of the last two seasons. Plouffe was named the espnW National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week on Dec. 16.

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