Washington guard Kelsey Plum was named Pac-12 freshman of the year Tuesday by the conference’s coaches. Plum won the weekly award a record seven times this season.
Plum, a high-school All-American, joins teammate Jazmine Davis (2012) and Karen Deden (1988) as the only UW women to win the award.
Plum is the second-leading freshman scorer in the nation (20.9), shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 83.9 percent from the foul line. She averaged 37.1 minutes in guiding UW to a 17-12 overall record and 10-8 mark in Pac-12 play.
Plum scored 20 points or more in 16 games. She was the leading scorer in upsets over No. 3 Stanford (23 points) and No. 18 California (22).
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“I am blessed, but I consider it a team award,” Plum said Tuesday. “My teammates have done a great job all season putting me in position to succeed. Honestly, I don’t care that much about individual awards. I just want to win.”
Plum was named to the 15-player all-conference team by the coaches. Davis, a junior guard, was named to the team for the third year in a row. Washington State guards Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley were named for the first time.
Washington senior Mercedes Wetmore, teammate Aminah Williams and Galdeira were All-Pac-12 defensive team honorable-mention picks.
Stanford All-American Chiney Ogwumike won player of the year for the second season and defensive player of the year for her third straight season. Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer, who collected her 900th win this season, is the coach of the year for the 14th time in her 28 years at Stanford.
The Pac-12 tournament begins Thursday at KeyArena. Sixth-seeded Washington plays No. 11 seed Utah at 8:30 p.m. at KeyArena. WSU is seeded seventh and plays No. 10 seed Oregon at 6 p.m. Thursday.
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