May. 13, 2016
Kelsey Plum Makes History in Women's Division-1 Basketball
Washington Huskie Kelsey Plum had a fun game on her Senior day beating the Utah Utes 84-77 as she put up 57 points, a career high, and became the all-time leading scorer in history for Division-1 Women's Basketball with 3,397 points. The previous record holder was owned by Jackie Stiles of Southwest Missouri State in 2001 with 3,393 points.
Plum, a senior at the University of Washington, claims that she hadn't put up that many points since her high school days. With March Madness approaching, Kelsey Plum should have no problem leading her team to the tournament in victorious style. The Huskies went to the Final Four along with another Pac-12 team, Oregon State, last year but would come up short against Syracuse. Neither Pac-12 team would make it to the final, leaving Syracuse to face the dominate Connecticut Huskies, who won the tournament (which everyone expected to happen).
However, with this being Plum's final year as a Washington Huskie before heading off to the WNBA, there is a very good chance that the Huskies will make another Final Four appearance. They are currently ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 behind the Oregon State Beavers, and No. 11 overall in the NCAA.
Growing up in San Diego county, Kelsey Plum was heavily getting recruited by colleges during her time in high school at La Jolla Country Day, which is where former WNBA player Candice Wiggins attended before playing at Stanford. It came down to Maryland, Virginia, Gonzaga, Cal, Oregon, and Washington. Plum chose the University of Washington over the others and was chosen as team captain, something that is rare for a freshman to be. She scored the most points as a freshman with 695 points.
Jackie Stiles, the former record holder, also wore No. 10 back in her days as a collegiate player, which is what caught her eye when watching Plum, “Wherever I go I always look to see who's No. 10,” Stiles recently told USA TODAY Sports. “She was right away easy to spot. She stood out above everyone else.” Stiles was actually recruiting Plum when Stiles was an assistant coach at her alma mater. Stiles told ESPN that she knew it was a longshot to get the guard to choose and play at Southwest Missouri State over the other schools Plum was recruited by, but she personally called the Mcdonalds All-American and Team USA Basketball player and champion anyway.
Plum was very humbled when she got the points to become the all-time leading scorer as her team screamed and jumped on the bench, "I knew my teammates wanted me to be super-aggressive." Plum said. "They just kept feeding me the ball and Coach kept calling my number. I wasn't sure exactly pointwise, but I knew it was getting closer and closer."
The senior leads the nation in scoring with 30.9 points per game and continues to dominate in free throws at 89.6 percent. Kelsey Plum and the Washington Huskies (27-4, 15-3) will now get ready for the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Championship, which is always played in Seattle, before they can prepare to attack March Madness.