WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Washington was well represented with the announcement of the Pac-12 Conference Awards on Tuesday. Kelsey Plum was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, while joining teammate Jazmine Davis on the All-Pac-12 First Team. In addition, Mercedes Wetmore and Aminah Williams earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honorable mention.
Plum was an easy choice as Freshman of the Year after winning the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor a record seven times during the regular season. She is the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, averaging 20.9 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and in the top 30 nationally. She also ranks fifth in the conference with a 2.41 threes-made-per-game average, while boasting a 36.8 percent long-range shooting percentage (10th in the Pac-12). Plum is the second Husky in three years to win the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award and third all-time. Jazmine Davis was selected the league’s top freshman in 2012, becoming the first UW player to receive the honor since 1988 (Karen Deden). Plum is one of only two freshmen named to the All-Pac-12 team.
Davis earned All-Pac-12 honors for the third year in a row. She joins Husky legends Rhonda Smith, Jamie Redd and Giuliana Mendiola as the only players in Washington history to earn the honor three times. Davis is scoring 19.2 points per game this year, which ranks fifth in the conference. She is shooting a career-high 38.6 percent, while ranking fourth in the conference with 2.4 3-pointers per game. Earlier this season, Davis became the first Husky to score 500 points in three-straight years.
Wetmore and Williams each were named honorable mention All-Defensive Team. Williams leads the Huskies with 41 steals, while ranking fourth in the conference at 10.2 rebounds per game. Recently, Williams moved into the top-50 all-time in rebounds in Pac-12 history, despite being shorter than just about every post in the conference. Wetmore is second on the team with 37 steals, while ranking second in the Pac-12 in minutes. She is often tasked with checking the opposing team’s best guard, helping the Dawgs achieve a 17-12 record, including 10-8 in conference.
After starting Conference play with a 3-5 record, UW has turned it around and gone 7-3 since Jan. 31, earning wins over then-No. 4 Stanford and then-No. 20 California in that span. The Dawgs begin the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m., at KeyArena. Earning the 6th-seed, Washington will played 11th-seeded Utah in the first round. The winner will play 3rd-seeded Oregon State on Friday night also at 8:30 p.m.