Women's Basketball

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    Kari LaPlante
    Kari LaPlante

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Glendale, Ariz.

    High School:
    Mountain Ridge HS

    Height:
    6-5

    Position:
    Center

    Experience:
    3V

    THIS SEASON
    Now in her final year at Troy, Kari LaPlante has established herself as USC's go-to player in the post, looming as the tallest player on the roster to add a powerful presence to the key for the Trojans.

    2009-10 JUNIOR SEASON
    LaPlante received Pac-10 All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention... Appeared in all 31 games with 30 starts as a junior... Averaged 6.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.5 steals per game... Scored in double figures in 10 games, including a new career high of 18 points vs. Oregon on Jan. 30 thanks to a 10-for-10 outing from the free-throw line... Also had a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Oregon for her second double-double of the season... First career double-double was vs. Cal State Bakersfield with 12 points and 10 rebounds... Matched her career high of three blocks at Washington... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

    2008-09 SOPHOMORE SEASON
    LaPlante played in all 32 games and started 15 as a sophomore... Scored in doubles figures four times, including career-highs of 12 points at ASU and vs. Stanford in the Pac-10 championship game... Had a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Cal in the Pac-10 semifinal... Averaged 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game... Accumulated 21 blocks, 21 steals and had 23 assists... Was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line at Utah... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

    2007-08 FRESHMAN SEASON
    LaPlante appeared in 28 games and started three as a freshman... Received Pac-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention... Averaged 4.4. points and 2.7 rebounds per game... Hit double figures in four games, scoring a career-high 13 points vs. Oregon State... Had a career-high six rebounds and two blocks at Cal State Fullerton... Third on the team in blocks with 11.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    LaPlante was recognized as a Top-100 recruit by Scout.com coming out of Mountain Ridge High in Glendale, Ariz., where she holds school records with 1,344 career points and 1,065 rebounds... Team went 28-2 in 2006-07, with LaPlante providing 17.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3 bpg and 2 spg... Shot 51 percent from the floor... Named to the Arizona Republic's 2007 All-Arizona Team and was the 5A Northwest Player of the Year as a senior... Selected to All-State First Team in 2006 and Second Team in 2005... Was the only freshman to receive 5A Region Honorable Mention... Received State Honorable Mention and Region First Team honors as a sophomore and a junior... Played club with Phoenix Phonoms, Arizona Fire and Arizona Elite.

    PERSONAL
    Kari Richel LaPlante was born April 17, 1989 in Mesa, Ariz.... The daughter of Shane and Shelley, she has one sister, Erika... Enjoys making scrapbooks and cards in her spare time... Also enjoys camping and spending time in the mountains... Lists `Charmed' and 'Gilmore Girls' as her favorite TV shows.... Would like to travel to Japan and Rome... Majoring in communications and minoring in business.

    LaPlante's Career Statistics
    Year GP-GS MINS FG-FGA FG% 3FG-3FGA 3FG% FT-FTA FT% OR DR REB AVG PF-D AST TO BLK STL PTS AVG
    2007-08 28-3 432 55-122 .451 0-0 .000 14-22 .636 24 51 75 2.7 40-0 14 30 11 23 124 4.4
    2008-09 32-15 594 76-149 .510 0-0 .000 27-49 .551 38 85 123 3.8 64-1 23 50 21 21 179 5.6
    2009-10 31-30 805 78-188 .415 0-2 .000 56-77 .740 59 89 148 4.8 77-3 12 42 19 15 212 6.8
    Totals 91-48 1831 209-459 .455 0-2 .000 97-148 .655 121 225 346 3.8 181-4 49 122 51 59 515 5.7

    Career averages:
    5.7 pts per game
    0.5 asts per game
    0.6 steals per game
    3.8 rebs per game
    20.1 mins per game