Plum scores 57, breaks career mark
WASHINGTON 84, UTAH 77
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.