Washington’s Plum Named the Honda Sport Award Winner for Basketball

Courtesy of Washington Athletics
Courtesy of Washington Athletics

Kelsey Plum, a senior guard from the University of Washington, was named the Honda Sport Award winner for Basketball as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”.  With this honor, Plum becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 26, 2017, in downtown Los, Angeles.

Plum was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Napheesa Collier (Connecticut), A’ja Wilson (South Carolina) and Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State).

Plum became the first player in Pac-12 Conference history to be named The Associated Press' women's college basketball Player of the Year. She has also won the Wade Trophy, Drysdale, Lieberman, Naismith and Staley awards. In addition, she earned first-team honors from all the national outlets.

Plum passed former Honda Cup winner Jackie Stiles as the NCAA all-time scoring leader during the season and finished with 3,527 points. She led the nation in scoring at 31.7 ppg, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field overall, 42.9 percent from 3-point range and 88.8 percent from the foul line. This season she became the first player in Pac-12 history, female or male, to score 3,000 career points, en route to an NCAA single-season scoring record of 1,109 points.

In addition to her scoring prowess, Plum also led the team in assists (168) and steals (52) while averaging 5.1 rebounds per game, which was tied for second-most on this Washington squad that won a program-record 29 games.

“I am beyond excited for Kelsey,” stated assistant coach Morgan Valley. “All she has accomplished in her career, both on and off the floor, she has earned. She is one of those special players and people we come across in this game. This is just the beginning for Kelsey and I congratulate her on this prestigious honor.”

Basketball has produced the most Honda Cup winners with 16 student-athletes in the sport winning the prestigious honor, including last year’s winner, Breanna Stewart from Connecticut.

Honda Sport Award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year.

The CWSA, in its 41st year, honors the nation’s top NCAA women athletes recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.  Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.