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. Kind of my hopes were on Louisville, but things didn’t work out. But when I had met Coach (Larry) Tidwell, it just seemed right. He seemed so sincere and anxious to have me on his basketball (team). I felt at home just talking to him. We just clicked. JC: What was important? The team’s style? The team’s personnel? What were you looking for? JP: For a male coach, a male head coach. That was one of my top priorities, because I’ve always been coached by a guy. AAU. High school. I got along really well with (OU assistant Chad Thrailkill), and so I thought it was just the best thing to do. JC: What about the decision to leave Oklahoma in the first place? Was that difficult? JP: It was. It was really hard to even think about doing it. My family wanted me to stay, but at the same time, I didn’t think I had a chance of coming back, so I thought it was the best thing for me. JC: So, you thought you might stay, try to work through the year-long suspension you’d been given after your arrest and still never play again? JP: That’s how I kind of felt. I just kind of felt it was time to move on. I did what I did there, and I felt like I needed a new start. JC: Things seem to be on the up and up right now for you, but as you look back on everything, is there any regret? JP: Sometimes I think about what it could’ve been like. I feel like I could’ve been there with the team when they went to the Final Four. But at the same time ... I feel like we have a good shot at making a run at something. The only thing I regret is letting down my teammates, Courtney and Ashley (Paris) especially. The girls I came in with — Nyeshia (Stevenson) and Amanda (Thompson) and Rose (Hammond). Those are the only people I regret leaving. But they knew what was best for me, and they told me that it was going to be hard, but whatever was best for me, I should just go with.