The UW’s Kelsey Plum, who became the NCAA’s all-time career leading scorer this season, is the first from the school to earn Associated Press All-America honors.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kelsey Plum left quite the mark at Washington.
Now the senior guard, who became the NCAA’s all-time career leading scorer this season, is the first from the school to earn Associated Press All-America honors.
“It is really special. I started out the season and remembered last year I was on the third team and I felt like I could have been better,” Plum said. “So going into the offseason, working out I felt I could step up my play to another level.”
She did just that, averaging 31.7 points for the Huskies while shooting 53 percent from the field.
“That’s the type of player she is,” Washington coach Mike Neighbors said. “She came in with a desire to be a great player and after a period of time to be recognized as one of the greats is awesome.”
Plum received all 33 votes from a national media panel Monday that chooses the Top 25 each week. She is joined on the All-America team by South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson, Maryland’s Brionna Jones and UConn’s Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson. Voting was done before the NCAA Tournament.
It’s the second straight year that Wilson earned first-team honors. She averaged 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Gamecocks.
“It’s really such a blessing to be recognized, just a blessing,” Wilson said. “Every time we’re on the court, I feel like I’m doing the same things I’ve been doing, trying to be efficient and going out there to help my team get a win.”
Samuelson and Collier’s play this season has impressed their coach as the two sophomores really developed this year and were key reasons the Huskies are still unbeaten. Samuelson averaged 21 points a game, just a tad more than Collier’s 20.2.
“It’s not like, freshman year they did this, sophomore year they did…