Washington guard Kelsey Plum made college basketball history Saturday, surpassing Jackie Stiles to become the new NCAA Division I women’s basketball all-time scoring leader.
Plum scored 57 points in the Huskies’ 84-77 victory vs. Utah giving her 3,397 points in her career and surpassing the 3,393 points Jackie Stiles scored for Missouri State from 1998-2001.
The Huskies are one of the best women’s teams in the country and Plum is the high-volume threat they need to make a run in the tournament next month.
“It was pretty special,” Plum said when asked about breaking the record, via the Seattle Times. “It was kind of icing on the cake. Getting the win on Senior Night with my family here. And then that ceremony after just kind of put it into perspective. This was an amazing day.”
Plum is the nation’s leading scorer (30.7 points per game prior to Saturday’s record-breaking performance), making the scoring record a talking point for the entire season. No one could have predicted that she would break the record with a 57-point performance, but many expected that she could break the record this year. Plum’s focus seems less on the record and more on getting the expectations behind her, moving forward with the Huskies’ season.
“In the most respectful way possible, I’m glad it’s over,” Plum said. “It was getting to a point where it was starting to be disheartening in a way because people expect so much.
“I understand. I’m grateful for it. We’re going to talk about it and give it credit. But now that it’s behind us, I’m grateful for that too.”
Plum didn’t have to force the issue late offensively to get to the key number. She had 22 points at halftime and finished with ridiculous 19-of-28 shooting numbers, including 6 of 11 on 3-pointers and 13-of-16 from the line.