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The Q&A: Former Oklahoma women's basketball player Jenna Plumley

by Jenni Carlson Published: March 20, 2010
A feisty firecracker of a point guard, Jenna Plumley led Frontier to a pair of state titles in high school, provided a late-season spark to Oklahoma’s conference championship team in 2007, then became a starter for the Sooners in 2008. But after being arrested for shoplifting in July 2008, Plumley was suspended for the next season. She transferred to Lamar a month later.

Jenni Carlson: You had to sit out last season after transferring. How has it been getting back on the court this season?

Jenna Plumley: It’s been a lot of fun just getting to know the girls and how they play. The transition, it was just a little tough getting used to everybody, but I felt like I was at home again. My home away from home. That’s what made the transition even easier.

JC: You got to practice last season, but wasn’t it a lot of scout team?

JP: Yeah, it was pretty tough, but it gave me the perspective on something that if I want to coach in the future, I got to see how it was not being able to play. Just watching from the sidelines is really hard, but it just made me stronger and it just made me more hungry for this year.

JC: Sounds like you feel like you’ve matured.

JP: I really do. I had to grow a lot, especially being away from home. But I’ve met a lot of people here that have taken me in, families that I’ve gotten to know. I work with kids out here, so it’s a really good thing just being able to be around kids that look up to you.

JC: What kind of work are you doing with kids?

JP: They have this thing called Little Dribblers here. They’re young, anywhere from second, third, fourth grade. We’re still really focused on layups because that’s one thing that they shoot a lot but they can’t make. (Laughs.) But it’s real fun. They’re real good kids. I like being around them.

JC: When you decided to leave Oklahoma, why did you choose Lamar? Why was that the best choice for you?

JP: It was a really tough decision. I talked to just Lamar and Louisville.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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