Bulldog freshman Jasmine Plummer
seems poised for a breakout game.
...That's the word on Jasmine Plummer, Fresno State's lanky freshman guard and flare off the bench for the women's basketball team.
has more of a guy's game in her
The 18-year-old Plummer
has played, if not spectacularly, then at least like someone who was born into the Division I level.
Of Fresno State
's five first-year players, the former Natomas High standout has played the most consistently, showing at times flashes of brilliance.Tuesday's victory over Denver was a prime example of what she
does best: 12 points, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks.
During a 2-minute stretch at the game's outset, she
was all over the court.She
stole a pass and scored a layup.Blocked a shot at the other end.
"I can see each game Jasmine
coming into her
own," Johnson-Klein says.
As the Bulldogs head into the Western Athletic Conference season Saturday against Hawaii, Plummer
is averaging 7 points and 6.4 rebounds, with a team-leading 22 steals and 21 assists and eight blocks.
Any day now, it is whispered, she'll put it all together into that one terrific performance that could launch a career as one of the WAC's premier players.
"That's my goal," says Plummer
, a four-year starter at Natomas and the Sierra Foothill League MVP her
senior season."I don't want to be one of the best.I want to be the best."
First step is believing
The problem for Plummer
always has been a lack of confidence.
The daughter of a single parent, she
didn't meet her
dad until she
was 12 years old.Her
mother, Joanie Armstrong, often had to leave Jasmine
and older sister De-Shana with relatives while she
worked days for a medical insurance company.
Plummer's life was fractured, she
admits, but she
was loved.The same couldn't be said of her
high school basketball team.Constantly in turmoil.A different coach each year, ever-changing roles, no one to take her
by the shoulders and instruct, "You da girl.
felt overwhelmed at first.But once practices started, she
felt a sense of family, of belonging, that washed away her
fears and insecurities.
"I think I've handled myself well so far," Plummer
"I'm comfortable with my role," Plummer
is ready to start.
In late September, Plummer's
"best friend" died.But Louise Armstrong's words of encouragement will live in Plummer's heart forever.They have already served as inspiration.
"It was devastating.Grandma was my biggest supporter," says Plummer
, tears rolling down her
wipes the streaks from her
face and smiles.She
says just the thought of her
grandmother helps her
confidence grow.Deep down, Plummer
close to that breakout game.
"I won't sacrifice my ability to get others the ball and get the team going," she
"It's league time, and I expect myself to open up more and branch out," Plummer
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