After averaging 41 points in two games, Kelsey Plum picks up Pac-12 player of the week honors for the sixth time this season.
Kelsey Plum finished the regular season the way she started, with an award-winning performance.
After pouring in a career-high 57 points on Saturday and capturing the NCAA all-time scoring lead over the weekend, the Washington Huskies star received the Pac-12 player of the week award Monday.
It’s the sixth time she’s received the honor this season, which is more than any player. Plum and former Stanford standout Chiney Ogwumike (2012-13) each won the award six times in a season, which ties for second in conference history. Ogwumike holds record for winning the most POW awards in a season (9) and career (18).
Plum has won it eight times during her illustrious UW career, which ties for the fourth most in Pac-12 history. She started the season with a breathtaking display to secure the award on Nov. 14. She also received the honors on Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Jan. 16 and Jan. 30.
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However, she’s probably never been better than she was last week.
Her 57 points set Pac-12 and school scoring records while No. 11 Washington toppled Utah 84-77 in a regular-season finale at Alaska Airlines Arena. She fell three points shy of the NCAA single-game scoring record while tallying the fifth most points in history.
Plum went 19-of-28 from the floor, 6-of-11 from three and 13-for-16 from the foul line in 39 minutes.
During the game she surpassed former record holder Jackie Stiles, who scored 3,393 at Missouri State (1998-01). Plum has 3,397.
On Saturday, Plum also broke the Pac-12 and Washington single-season scoring record that she set last season. She now has 979 points, which is the third most in NCAA history.
On Thursday, Plum tallied a game-high 25 points during a 79-46 win over Colorado.
In the two games, she combined to shoot 27 of 43 (62.8 percent) from the field and 22 of 27 (81.5) from the free throw line. She also had six assists and 13 rebounds.
Plum is averaging 31.6 points per game this season and is at 25.2 for her career.
Winning the final Pac-12 player of the week award is likely a precursor to a big haul for Plum when the league’s regular-season honors are announced this week.
— Washington (27-4) remained at No. 11 in this week’s Associated Press top 25 rankings.
— The Huskies are the No. 3 seed in the latest NCAA tournament projections from ESPN’s Charlie Creme. UW would host first- and second-round games at Alaska Airlines Arena.