Washington’s Kelsey Plum is WomensHoopsWorld’s player of the week

Kelsey Plum scored 73 points in two games to lead Washington to a weekend sweep of the Southern California schools. Photo courtesy of Washington Athletics.
Kelsey Plum scored 73 points in two games to lead Washington to a weekend sweep of the Southern California schools. Photo courtesy of Washington Athletics.

Each week, a five-member womenshoopsworld.com panel votes to determine the best collegiate player of the preceding week.

Conference play is in full swing, and no one was more dominant for their team this week than Washington guard Kelsey Plum, our player of the week.

Coming off an upset loss the previous weekend, Plum got to work Friday against USC and finished with 34 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Two days later, in a highly-anticipated match up with No. 9 UCLA, Plum paced the No. 12 Huskies to a resounding win with 39 points, four rebounds and two assists. In both games, she shot over 50 percent.

Plum can score from anywhere on the court, and she escapes defenders with her craftiness, which makes her extremely hard to defend. The Southern California teams had no answer for Plum, as most teams don’t. A “bad” game for her is around 22 points, as she is the Division I scoring leader with a per game average of 30.2. Plum will soon eclipse the 3,000-point career mark.