As the college basketball season began to wind down in recent weeks, it became clear that it wasn't a question of if but when University of Washington senior guard Kelsey Plum would break the NCAA Division I all-time career scoring record held by Jackie Stiles (3,393 points). Most people pegged this weekend's Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament as the likely site of the record breaking feat.
Plum decided nah, I'm gonna do this on senior night in my home gym. Last Saturday, she dropped a staggering 57 points on the Utah Utes, establishing a new career high while snagging the all-time record by four points (3,397). That's baller. It certainly says something when fellow Husky Markelle Fultz is a near-lock to be the top pick in this year's NBA Draft, and he's clearly not the best basketball player on campus.
Plum has been the most lethal scoring threat in women's hoops this year, and it’s not even close. Her 31.6 points per game is more than six points more than the country's second leading scorer, Old Dominion's Jennie Simms (25.3). But there's something that's still eluded Plum during her illustrious career—a Pac-12 Women's Tournament title. In fact, the UW women have never won the Pac-12 Tourney.
Plum and co. hope to change that history as the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament heads to KeyArena from March 2–5. With a 27–4 record (15–3 in Pac-12 play), the hometown Huskies earned the #3 seed and will begin its title quest on Friday, March 3 at 8:30 against the winner of Oregon/Arizona. A victory would likely mean a semifinal matchup against #2 seed Stanford on Saturday. The tournament final will take place on Sunday at 6pm.
Tickets are still available and relatively cheap ($15–$30) per session. All contests before the championship game will air on Pac-12 Network. ESPN2 will broadcast the title matchup.
Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament
Mar 2–5, KeyArena, $15–$30