At the University of Washington, guard Kelsey Plum turned in one of the best college basketball careers ever. Her 3,527 career points are the most in women’s college basketball history, and trail only Pete Maravich on the men’s side. She averaged at least 20 points per game all four years, including 31.7 as a senior, and took home multiple player of the year awards.
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Heading into the final regular season game of her career, Plum needed 54 points to break the career scoring record. She dropped 57 while hitting 68 percent of her shots in a win over Utah.
The San Antonio Stars took Plum with the first overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft. She made 23 starts and averaged 8.5 points per game as a rookie.
Plum went with the team when it moved to Las Vegas for the 2018 season and increased her scoring average to 9.5 points per game. She hit 44 percent of her 3-pointers, good for fourth in the WNBA.
Now in her third year as a pro, Plum has started all 13 of the Aces’ games this season and is averaging 7.5 points per game. They own the third-best record in the league (8-5) as of July 4. The ups and downs of her WNBA career have deepened Plum’s relationship with God.
“[My faith] is something that I’m grateful for,” she said on the Rich Take on Sports Podcast. “I think that this whole process has made me closer to Him.”
Plum, who grew up in a Christian home, has seen God at work in every part of her journey.
“It’s hard to put into words but I just know that at every step of my life, God has directed my steps,” she said on the podcast. “He’s always made it very clear what I should do.”
You can watch her full interview here:
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