Plum on the Verge of Breaking the Pac-12 All-Time Scoring Record

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A combined seven Pac-12 teams are ranked in one or both polls this week with another two receiving votes. For the first time since the first two weeks of the 2006-07 season, six league teams are ranked in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll. CALIFORNIA makes its first appearance in the polling since December of last year. UCLA (9/9), STANFORD (10/10), WASHINGTON (11/11) and OREGON STATE (24/16) continue to be ranked in both polls with COLORADO moving up three spots to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll. ARIZONA STATE is 23rd in the coaches, followed by Cal at No. 24 ... UW’s Kelsey Plum is on the verge of breaking the Pac-12’s all-time scoring record, just 53 points from surpassing the record held by former Stanford great and 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year Chiney Ogwumike (2011-14, 2737 points). Plum goes into the week second on the all-time list, ahead of four-time All-American Candice Wiggins, three-time All-American and 2016 WNBA Most Valuable Player Nnemkadi Ogwumike and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie ... USC swept the Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Week honors, as Kristen Simon took home the player honor and Minyon Moore claimed the freshman nod, the first USC freshman to earn the honor in the five-year history of the award. The duo led USC to an upset of then-No. 25/19 Texas A&M in College Station ... Six players were named to the Naismith Award Watch List and the Wade Watch, including Plum and teammate Chantel Osahor, Cal’s Kristine Anigwe, UCLA’s Jordin Canada, OSU’s Sydney Wiese and Stanford’s Erica McCall.

RECORDS WATCH
WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum is already one of the most prolific scorer’s in Pac-12 history. The fastest in league history to 2,000-career points, she is only the third player in Conference history to scored at least 2,500 points. Having scored over 700 points in each of her three years, she needs just over 50 to break the all-time scoring mark. Her name in the top five all-time is among elite company, with two WNBA Rookies of the Year, two No. 1 WNBA picks, four WNBA first-round picks, two WNBA Most Valuable Players and a pair of WNBA Champions occupying the four other spots.

    1. Chiney Ogwumike, STAN (2011-14)    2737
    2. Kelsey Plum, WASH (2014-present)    2685
    
3. Candice Wiggins, STAN (2005-08)    2629
    
4. Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN (2009-12)    2491
    
5. Lisa Leslie, USC (1991-94)    2414

Plum’s total scoring is impressive, but it does not end there. Entering the season, Plum was averaging 23.3 points per game for her career, which would have been good enough for the Pac-12 record. She already owns the record for career free throws made and will shatter the mark previously held by former Oregon State standout Tanja Kostic (1993-96, 608). Plum is the only player in league history to make over 700 free throws in a career.

Plum is not the only one looking to break records. Oregon State’s Sydney Wiese is among the top-five all-time in Conference history in three-point field goals made. She has netted at least 66 in each of her first thre seasons, knocking down 112 in her freshman campaign.

    1. Candice Wiggins, STAN (2005-08)    295
    2. Ashley Corral, USC (2009-12)    291
    
3. Lisa Griffith, ARIZ (1997-00)    285
    
4. Sydney Wiese, OSU (2013-present)    281
    
5. Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ (2010-13)    274

VANDERVEER NEARING 1,000
In her 31st season on the bench at Stanford, Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer has accumulated a 988-226 record in her 37+ years as a collegiate head coach and an 836-175 mark on The Farm, nearing the 1,000-win mark. Only the late Pat Summitt of Tennessee has won 1,000 women’s basketball games and three coaches in men’s and women’s basketball in total have reached the milestone. VanDerveer’s teams have won 20 or more games 31 times, including each of the last 15 seasons. In 2013, she became just the fifth college women’s basketball coach to win 900 career games.

STEPPING UP
Pac-12 teams have already recorded five keys wins this season. Most recently, Arizona State defeated then-No. 19/23 Florida to claim the ASU Classic title on Dec. 4. The Sun Devils overcame a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win the game. Earlier that same week on Nov. 30, USC upset then-No. 25/19 Texas A&M in College Station. Over the Thanksgiving week, Oregon defeated then-No. 24/19 Michigan State by 33 points on Nov. 22, three days after Colorado took down then-No. 15/19 Kentucky at home.

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