Women's Hoops Signs Four To National Letters of Intent

Nov. 12, 2003

Emily Florence

Jackie Hollands

Stefanie Clark

Andrea Plouffe

SEATTLE - The Washington women's basketball program has signed four high school seniors to national letters of intent, UW head coach June Daugherty announced Wednesday. The Huskies' 2003 signing class includes Stefanie Clark (Lakeview Terrace, Calif.), Emily Florence (Boise, Idaho), Jackie Hollands (Oregon City, Ore.), and Andrea Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta).

'This class is very athletic and talented at every position,' Daugherty said. 'They will add to our continued transformation into a defensive pressure team that runs and scores in high numbers.'

Clark, a 5-9 guard from Harvard-Westlake High School in Southern California, is a two-time first-team All-C.I.F. selection, as well as a two-time first-team all-league pick. She helped lead her team to back-to-back league championship titles in 2001 and 2002, while her freshman squad won a regional crown. Also a standout track runner, last spring Clark was a member of a 4x100-meter relay team at Harvard-Westlake invited to compete in the prestigious Penn State Relays. She already has a Washington connection, as her cousin Brynne Steward is a member of the Husky women's track team.

'Stefanie is an explosive, athletic off-guard that goes to the boards with aggressive toughness,' Daugherty said. 'She's a steady rebounder and scorer who takes enormous pride in her defensive abilities on the court.'

Florence, a 5-5 guard from Boise, Idaho, is a former high school teammate of UW freshman Maggie O'Hara and was coached by current UW assistant Kellie Lewis-Jay on her Idaho Elite Club Team. A two-sport star at Timberline High School, Florence excels at both basketball and soccer. As a junior last year, she helped lead her hoops squad to league, regional and state titles, while garnering Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year and first-team all-state honors. In soccer, she was a two-time first-team all-state honoree and led her squad to a runner-up state championship finish during her freshman campaign.

'Emily could be the quickest point guard to wear the purple and gold,' Daugherty said. 'She's a great play-maker who finds the open teammate. Emily is a pressure defender who will ignite our fast break. She is an intense player with great leadership skills.'

Hollands is a 5-9 guard from Oregon City High School in Oregon City, Ore. She helped lead her prep team to three-straight 4A state championship titles, in addition to three-straight Three Rivers League titles as well. Last year her squad was ranked fifth in the nation according to USA Today. Hollands was also an all-league selection as a junior. Her club team, the Oreguns, won back-to-back AAU state championships in 2000 and 2001. Hollands garnered MVP honors at the Oregon End of Trail Tournament and the Seaside Varsity Holiday Tournament.

'Jackie joins us from one of the finest high school programs in the nation,' Daugherty said. 'She is a versatile point guard and off-guard who has good play-making skills, and is an impact scorer from the perimeter. She has a 'winners' attitude and experience with three state titles to date in basketball.'

Plouffe, a 6-2 forward from Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton, Alberta, was a two-time league MVP during her junior and sophomore seasons. Last year as a junior, she led her squad to league and regional titles before a runner-up finish at state championships. Plouffe was also a member of the Canadian Junior Development Team last summer and was named to the All-Star team at Canadian Nationals. Plouffe is also a standout volleyball player.

'Andrea is a big, strong athlete with forward and guard skills,' Daugherty said. 'She's aggressive on the perimeter and likes to take the ball to the basket. She can also score from the outside, has solid post skills and rebounds with authority.'

The Huskies host their second and final exhibition game, Sun., Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. versus NWBL. Washington opens the season at the Waikiki Beach Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 22-23.

Bios To Follow

Stefanie Clark

Stefanie Clark
5-9 o Guard
LakeviewTerrace, Calif. o Harvard-Westlake HS

High School: Three-year letterwinner in basketball at Harvard-Westlake High School in North Hollywood, Calif....two-year team captain...two-time first-team all-league and two-time first-team All-C.I.F during her sophomore and junior seasons...helped lead team to regional title as a freshman...also led team to back-to-back league championships in 2001 and 2002...squad finished league runner-up during her junior year...has played for three different club teams including Original Girls Development League, West Coast All-Stars and Finest Basketball Club...in summer of 2003, helped team to a pair of tournament championships, winning the 3rd Coast National Championship (Dallas, Texas) and the Tournament of Champions (Atlanta, Ga.)...named the Ayala Tournament MVP in 2003...two-time MVP at Palm Springs tourney (2002, 2003)...named to all-tournament team at Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions in 2003...also a standout track athlete, lettering as a freshman and junior...was member of a 4x100-meter relay team invited to compete in the prestigious Penn State Relays in 2003...chose Washington over Boise State, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, Kansas State and Pacific.

Personal: Stefanie Nicole Clark...born Sept. 17, 1986...parents are Bernadine and Cecil Clark...sister Pamela (21) and brother Christopher (19)...brother plays football at Navarro College...sister played basketball at Chatsworth High School...cousin Brynne Steward runs track at Washington...hobbies include photography...contemplating a career in business ownership.

Harvard-Westlake Head Coach Melissa Hearlihy on Stefanie Clark:
'What is unique about Stefanie is she's extremely athletic and is not aware of how athletic she is yet. That's a nice quality in that she'll step up to the next level and the players and the coaches will be able to mold her into the type of player that they would like her to be. The kind of ball that we play is very similar to Washington's where we get up and down the floor and press. Stefanie's still very young in her game which is very exciting, to see what she can do now and know that there is so much more growth to be had. She's unbelievable. She's so gifted and so talented, yet the team always comes first. It's never about her, almost to her detriment like she's afraid to take too many shots. And it's related to the fact that her teammates are very important to the team and to her. I think that's such a wonderful quality about her.'

Emily Florence

Emily Florence
5-5 o Guard
Boise, Idaho o Timberline HS

High School: Three-year letterwinner in basketball at Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho...former high school teammate of Husky freshman Maggie O'Hara...as a junior last year, was named the Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year and earned first-team all-state honors...helped lead team to league, regional and state championships in 2003...as a sophomore was a first-team all-conference and second-team all-state selection...team finished runner-up at league, regional and state championships...named to all-conference honorable mention team as a freshman...played for B.C.I. and (AAU) Idaho Elite club teams...with Idaho Elite team was coached by current UW assistant Kellie Lewis-Jay...was a two-time B.C.I. All-American...led club team to back-to-back championship titles at the B.C.I. National Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. (2000 and 2001)...in 2002, team won Seattle Midnight Madness...also a standout soccer player, earning four varsity letters...two-time first-team all-state selection in soccer...named second-team all-state and led team to state runner-up finish as a freshman...team MVP as a sophomore...two-time soccer team captain...chose Washington over Washington State, Cal, Arizona, Utah State, Boise State, Montana, Santa Clara and St. Mary's.

Personal: Emily R. Florence...born Oct. 31, 1985...parents are Sharon and Mike Florence...has three older brothers, Ben (26), Branden (25) and Nic (21)...Ben was the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year in 1995 and was named an NJCAA All-American in baseball in 1996...Branden was an NAIA All-American and currently players in the minor league system of the San Francisco Giants...Nic plays baseball at Cochise College...hobbies include soccer, skiing and horseback riding...was junior Homecoming princess...nominated by Timberline High School for Heisman award...carries a 3.92 GPA.

Timberline Head Coach Rich Clemens on Emily Florence:
'The thing you notice about Emily, is you notice when she's in the game. The game goes faster, the intensity is more. For four years I've never really had to worry about presses or people putting pressure on us, she could always handle all that by herself. So I've never seen a young woman who can handle the ball better than she can. She's probably one of the most unselfish players I've ever coached, Maggie (O'Hara) was pretty unselfish as well. She'll do whatever it takes to win and she doesn't care how many points she scores, she'll score a lot if she has to or she'll give the ball up if she has to, but she gets more satisfaction with making a nice pass. Emily just loves to play.'

Jackie Hollands

Jackie Hollands
5-9 o Guard
Oregon City, Calif. o Oregon City HS

High School: Four-year letterwinner in basketball at Oregon City High School... led squad to three straight state championships...team also won league title each year...an all-league selection as a junior...team was ranked fifth in the nation according to USA Today in 2003...named MVP of the Oregon End of Trail Tournament as a sophomore...during freshman campaign was named MVP of the Seaside Varsity Holiday Tournament...high school team competed in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz., the last three seasons...played two years for the Oreguns club team (2000-2001), leading squad to AAU state championship titles both years...also played on the Oregon Triple Threat club team in 2002 and 2003...with Triple Threat played in the End of Oregon Trail All-Star Tournament, the Adidas Super Showcase (Atlanta, Ga.) and Midsummer Night Madness in both Seattle and Tempe, Ariz....named to End of Oregon Trail All-Tournament team in 2001, 2002 and twice in 2003...chose Washington over Santa Clara, Cal, Colorado State, Nebraska, Loyola Marymount, Boise State, Seton Hall and Washington State.

Personal: Jacqueline Michelle Hollands...born June 10, 1986...parents are Patty and Glenn Hollands...sister Lindsay (19) and brother Matt (15)...dad played baseball and basketball at Santa Clara University and also played baseball in the Texas Rangers minor league system...enjoys reading, shopping, youth group and movies...contemplating a career in pharmocology...carries a 3.8 GPA.

Former Oregon City HS Co-Head Coach Carl Tinsley on Jackie Hollands:
'Jackie is a very, very fierce competitor. She's played the point for us on the varsity level for two years. She also played the two-guard because she's such a good shooter. She's a very good perimeter shooter. She's a big-time player down the stretch. She's a kid that we would give the ball to to make a three-point shot or a perimeter shot to win a game. She's not afraid to take the big shot. Jackie's real good leader as well. She's got great leadership qualities. She's always been on a team with a winning record, even through youth basketball. So she is very familiar with winning and that's one thing she can bring to the table at the University of Washington which is a program used to winning as well. She knows what it takes to win and the kind of training and off-season things to be a consistent winner, she's always done that.

Andrea Plouffe

Andrea Plouffe
6-2 o Forward
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada o Harry Ainlay HS

High School: Played both basketball and volleyball at Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton, Alberta...led basketball team to three-straight league championships...last year as a junior, also helped squad to regional title and runner-up finish at state championships...was named MVP of the Public League as a junior...during sophomore campaign was selected Metro League MVP...chosen Female Student Athlete of the Year as a freshman...played for the Canadian Junior Development Team in Toronto during the summer of 2003...also played two years for the Junior Doks club team and for the Alberta Juvenile Women one season...named to All-Star team at Canadian Nationals (2003)...earned all-tournament team honors at the Sierra Shootout in Reno, Nev. (2002) and earned All-Star award at the Nevato Classic in Navato, Calif. (2002)...named Most Improved Player of the Year for volleyball...chose Washington over North Dakota State, St. Bonaventure, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Victoria and the University of Toronto.

Personal: Andrea Nicole Plouffe...born Oct. 15, 1986, in Edmonton, Alberta...parents are Laurie and Daryl Plouffe...brothers Chris (19) and Daniel (12), sisters Michelle (11) and Katherine (11)...enjoys music movies and spending time with friends...contemplating a career in law enforcement.

Harry Ainlay Head Coach John Huot on Andrea Plouffe:'Andrea is a great team player who will do whatever it takes for the team to have the best chance to succeed. Andrea is a great scorer, shooter and rebounder. She is an intimidating force on defense, forcing teams to alter their shots. Andrea is a big game player who always has great games in the big games. She has a great post game and can penetrate from the perimeter. And she can hit the big three if that's what the team needs.'

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