|Sports:||Softball and Basketball|
Julie A. Plant, 2000. Excelling on the national stage in both of her chosen sports, Julie Plant is one of USM’s top women student-athletes. The only USM softball alumnae to earn NFCA All-American honors, Plant was also an honorable mention WBCA All-American as a guard for the women’s basketball team. As a member of the basketball team, Plant participated twice in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Championship games (1998, 2000) and helped USM compile an impressive 105-17 overall record and an outstanding 49-3 mark in the Little East Conference action. During her career, USM captured the LEC regular season title four times and won the conference championship three times. After being named the Rookie of the Year (96-97), Plant was named to the LEC Player of the Year as a senior (99-00). Plant was also named to the All-LEC and All-ECAC three consecutive years (97-98, 99-99, 99-00) and was selected as an honorable mention D3hoops.com All-American in 99-00 after averaging 14.5 points and 3.7 assists in her final season. Inducted in the N.E. Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, Plant averaged 11.9 points and 3.9 assists per game in her career and is in the top five in career statistical categories for points (5th, 1451 points), three-pointers (5th, 123), steals (5th, 263) and assists (4th, 472). One of the most highly decorated student-athletes to wear a USM softball uniform, Plant’s excellence on the field is easily recognizable in the career record books. Plant’s achievements made her the school’s career leader in runs scored (151), hits (206), doubles (36), runs batted in (110), total bases (304) and stolen bases (59). During her career, USM compiled a 108-69-2 overall mark and earned its only two berths to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament in 1997 and 1998. Along with earning NFCA All-American honors in 1998, Plant was named the LEC Player of the Year in 1998 after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1997. Plant also earned All-LEC honors three times (1997, 1998, and 2000) while being named to the NFCA Regional All-American team (1998, 1999, and 2000).