Plum scores 57, breaks ca­reer mark



Kelsey Plum sur­passed Jackie Stiles to be­come the NCAA’s all­time scor­ing leader with a ca­reerbest 57 points in the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game of her ca­reer, lead­ing No. 11 Wash­ing­ton past Utah, 84-77, on Saturday in Seat­tle.

Plum hit 19 of 28 shots and was 13 for 16 at the free throw line, sur­pass­ing Stiles’s mark of 3,393 points mid­way through the fourth quar­ter. Plum tied the mark with a hes­i­ta­tion drive and scoop over the out­stretched arm of Utes cen­ter Emily Pot­ter with 4:57 left in the game. Af­ter a Utah bas­ket and a time­out, Plum hit a run­ner from just out­side the lane with 4:06 re­main­ing to move past Stiles on the all-time list. Plum now has 3,397 ca­reer points.

The ex­pec­ta­tion was that Plum would likely break the record next week dur­ing the Pa­cific-12 tour­na­ment. In­stead, she gave a mem­o­rable ex­cla­ma­tion point to her ca­reer at Wash­ing­ton, set­ting school and Pac-12 sin­gle game records as well. She fell three points shy of the NCAA sin­glegame scor­ing record.

“I’m glad it’s over. It was get­ting to a point where it was al­most dis­heart­en­ing in a way be­cause peo­ple ex­pect so much, and I un­der­stand,” Plum said. “I’m grate­ful for it. We’re go­ing to talk about it and give it credit, but now that it’s be­hind us, I’m very grate­ful for that, too.”

Plum checked out with 44 sec­onds re­main­ing to a stand­ing ova­tion from the home crowd as Wash­ing­ton (27-4, 15-3) closed the reg­u­lar sea­son with seven wins in its fi­nal eight games.

Paige Cro­zon led Utah (16-13, 5-13) with 22 points.

CONNECTICUT 91, MEMPHIS 48: Katie Lou Sa­muel­son broke out of a shoot­ing slump, scor­ing 29 points to lead the top-ranked Huskies (28-0, 15-0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) to a win over the Tigers (13-15, 6-9) in Storrs, Conn., that ex­tended Connecticut’s record win­ning streak to 103 games.

Saniya Chong had 14 points in her fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son home game for U-Conn.

BAY­LOR 86, TEXAS TECH 48: Nina Davis scored 16 points, Coach Kim Mulkey reached her 500th ca­reer vic­tory and the No. 4 Lady Bears (27-2, 16-1) claimed their sev­enth straight Big 12 reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tle with a win over the Red Raiders (12-16, 4-13) in Waco, Tex.

Bay­lor’s vic­tory, com­bined with Iowa State’s 70-66 up­set of No. 6 Texas on Fri­day night, gave the Lady Bears the out­right cham­pi­onship with one game re­main­ing.

BUCKNELL 63, NAVY 54: Ashanti Kennedy had 15 points and Tay­lor Dun­ham added 14, but the Mid­ship­men (20-8, 13-4 Pa­triot League) fell in An­napo­lis to the Bison (23-5, 15-2), who clinched the con­fer­ence reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tle out­right.

Bucknell outscored Navy 24-6 in the fourth quar­ter to rally for the win.

Claire DeBoer had 15 points to lead the Bison, who have won back-to-back con­fer­ence reg­u­lar sea­son crowns af­ter shar­ing the ti­tle last year with Army.

Bucknell will be the top seed in the Pa­triot League tour­na­ment, and Navy will be the sec­ond seed.

AMER­I­CAN 66, LOY­OLA (MD.) 59: Ce­cily Carl scored 14 points in a re­serve role af­ter miss­ing the pre­vi­ous three games be­cause of in­jury, and the Ea­gles (14-14, 11-6 Pa­triot League) de­feated the Grey­hounds (9-19, 5-12) at Bender Arena.

Amer­i­can se­cured home-court ad­van­tage for the quar­ter­fi­nals of the up­com­ing Pa­triot League tour­na­ment.

HOWARD 68, NOR­FOLK STATE 60: Te’Shya Hes­lip scored 30 points to lead the Bison (14-12, 10-4 Mid-East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) past the Spar­tans (14-13, 9-6) in Nor­folk.

Howard, which is in sec­ond place in the con­fer­ence, won its third con­sec­u­tive game. Erin Blaine added nine points and 11 re­bounds for the Bison.

Kayla Roberts had 16 points for Nor­folk State, which lost its third straight.

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