Truman State Womenâ??s Basketball signs Ashley Ploudre

      The Truman Womenâ??s Basketball team has signed Ashley Ploudre, a 5-foot-10 wing from Marquette High School in Chesterfield, Mo. Ploudre averaged 20.6 points and 7.8 rebounds and was the Suburban West Conference Co-Player of the year with fellow incoming Bulldog Becca Steins.

      Ploudre (pronounced Plew-Dre) was just one of five high school players in the St. Louis Metro area to average over 20 points per game leading Mustangs to a 17-10 record and a 7-1 mark in the Suburban West.

      She was named to the Class 5 all-District 3 team.

      For her career she was second at Marquette in career points with 1,312 and rebounds with 570.

      Coach Michael Smith on Ploudre: â??Ashley is a tough hardnosed player that weâ??ve been following since last summerâ??s AAU circuit.

      She understands how physical the game can be and will be a great addition to our program. Her best basketball is ahead of her.â??

      Ploudre joins November signees Britney Boland (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee HS), Chelsea Cross (Champaign, Ill./Centennial HS), Linnea Schmelzer (Sturegon Bay, Wisc./Sturgeon Bay HS), Becca Steins (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway South HS) and Megan Walsh (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic HS).

      The 2012-13 Bulldogs finished the year with a record of 20-8 and were 12-6 in the final year of play in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

      Truman will compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference next season.

      Courtesy Truman State University