And just like that, University of Washington senior Kelsey Plum can add two more pieces of hardware to her collection. The recently named AP Player of the Year was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale national player of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association on Friday, becoming the first player in Washington University women’s basketball history to earn the honor.
And on the same day the senior was also named the 2017 Dawn Staley Award winner, the committee announced.
Plum’s senior year for the University of Washington has been historic. She became the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with 3,527 points and scored more than 21 points or more in all 35 games she played this season.
The Ann Meyers Drysdale Award was first given in 1987-88 by the USBWA in honor of former UCLA All-American Ann Meyers Drysdale in 2012.
The Dawn Staley Award recognizes the most outstanding collegiate guard in the country.
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“For four years Kelsey has been exactly the kind of ambassador women’s basketball needs,” Dawn Staley said.
“I really am grateful for the opportunities." – Kelsey Plum.
— Washington WBB (@UW_WBB) March 31, 2017
“She’s exciting, she’s talented, and most of all, she’s driven. You don’t become the highest scoring player in the history of the game without putting in the work, off the court, every single day. No one is more deserving of this award because no one has worked harder for it. Kelsey is the type of player young girls around the world can look up to, and we’re all looking forward to seeing what she does next.”
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