SPOT­LIGHT

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

Kelsey Plum Guard, Wash­ing­ton

The se­nior be­came the all-time scor­ing leader in NCAA women’s bas­ket­ball Saturday — by nearly break­ing the record for points in a game. Plum cel­e­brated her fi­nal home game by scor­ing 57 points, three short of the NCAA record, in an 8477 vic­tory over Utah. She passed Jackie Stiles of South­west Mis­souri State for the ca­reer mark with 3,397 points. That puts her 270 points be­hind Pete Mar­avich of LSU among all Divi­sion I play­ers, men or women. Plum, who leads the na­tion with 31.6 points per game, told the Seat­tle Times last week that she doesn’t care about the scor­ing record. Her goal: to join “the 180 club,” a rarely achieved shoot­ers’ bench­mark of 50 per­cent from the field, 40 per­cent on three-point­ers and 90 per­cent on free throws for a sea­son. Af­ter Saturday, those num­bers are at 53.7, 43.6 and 88.7. With teams hang­ing around the bub­ble be­cause there’s no one bet­ter to con­sider, it’s re­fresh­ing to see one play­ing its way into an NCAA tour­na­ment berth. That would be Michi­gan (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten), whose thor­ough vic­tory over Pur­due was its fifth win in six games. That in­cludes three of its four best wins of the sea­son in terms of Rat­ing Per­cent­age In­dex: over Pur­due, Wis­con­sin and Michi­gan State.

STOCK DOWN

There’s los­ing games, and there’s los­ing play­ers. South Florida did both. In­terim coach Murry Bar­tow is­sued a state­ment Saturday apol­o­giz­ing for an “un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stance” that re­sulted in two play­ers be­ing left off the team flight home a day af­ter a loss at Tulsa. Ac­cord­ing to the Tampa Tribune, guards Troy Hol­ston and Geno Thorpe flew Fri­day with the team to Hous­ton, where they fell asleep in the air­port. They awoke to find the rest of the team and staff had boarded the con­nect­ing flight. Though the plane was still at the gate, no one else was al­lowed on. Hol­ston and Thorpe got “on the very next flight to Tampa,” Bar­tow said, about three hours later. That wasn’t good enough for Hol­ston’s mother, Monique Hol­ston-Greene. Reached by the Tribune, she took a shot at the state of the 7-20 Bulls, say­ing, “It’s very dis­ap­point­ing, and it’s a re­flec­tion of how ter­ri­ble a pro­gram the men’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram is.”

ELAINE THOMP­SON/AP

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