Kelsey Plum headed into Saturday's game needing 54 points to surpass Jackie Stiles for the all-time women's scoring record in NCAA history. The season finale against Utah seemed like the perfect opportunity to cut into that margin and set herself up for the record come conference tournament time.
No need to wait for that, though.
Plum went off for 57 points on Senior Day to become the new No. 1 scorer in the history of women's basketball with 3,397 all-time points. She reached the mark on 19-of-28 shooting and also set the new record for most points in a single game in program history. The record basket came on a left-handed floater in the lane with about four minutes left in regulation.
Plum came into Saturday's contest averaging a nation-high 30.7 points per game and has led Washington to a No. 11 national ranking. Earlier this season she became the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer and was the first in the conference on either the men's or women's side to reach 3,000 points in her career.
Plum checked out of the game in the waning minutes of an 84-77 Huskies victory and received a warm ovation from the crowd and hugs from teammates. She finished three points short of the NCAA all-time single-game record that was set by Rachel Banham last season (60 points).
The All-American lock will have plenty of time to tack onto the new record with Pac-12 postseason play and the NCAA tournament just around the corner.