Washington junior guard Kelsey Plum notches impressive achievements with regularity, but this past Sunday she outdid herself. In leading the Huskies to a win over Cal, Plum scored her 2,000th career point – the fastest player in Pac-12 history to do so, in 88 games.
Plum, ranked 26th in her high school recruiting class, has been the NCAA Division I scoring leader each of the last two seasons. Washington coach Mike Neighbors said her success is because of her creativity, and her work ethic.
“She is so crafty,” he said. “She’s almost like a virus in that once someone figures out how to guard her, she changes her moves. She’s just always evolving and improving, and she works hard at it.”
Plum is that Husky who always seems to be in the gym, and who knows most University staffers by name.
“She’s not especially blessed with ability, she’s not particularly fast or strong, but she’s relentless in working to get better every day,” Neighbors said.
Having other great scorers around her like Jazmine Davis, who graduated last year, has helped, according to Neighbors. So has her ability to get to the foul line and score.
“The foul line is sometimes a hard place for players to develop, but she has, and she makes 90 percent of her shots now,” he said. “She often gets her jump shot going from her free throws, and when she’s got both happening, she’s extremely hard to stop.”
Plum is now in elite company with a group of athletes who have 2,000-3,393 career points (pages 11-12 of this document). Considering it took her only 13 months to rack up her second 1,000 points, Plum could cross the 3,000-point mark towards the end of her senior year next season.
“She is definitely capable,” Neighbors said.