Do you ever wonder what our world would be like if James Harden was a girl? Well, wonder no more because she already exists, and her name is Kelsey Plum.
The 5’8” University of Washington guard from Poway, California has become a household name in women’s basketball and is turning heads as she continues to break record after record. Last year, Kelsey led the Huskies to their first Final Four appearance in school history. This year, the Senior made history again as she surpassed Jackie Stiles as the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women’s basketball.
Plum changed Pac-12 basketball and became an overnight sensation after Bleacher Report tweeted out this video comparing her to fellow lefty, James Harden:
Meet the James Harden of women’s hoops.
Washington guard Kelsey Plum draws comparisons with her scoring ability pic.twitter.com/jmyVrmyxmv
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 11, 2017
Plum and Harden both embraced the comparison, and here is what they had to say regarding each other’s games:
“We’re both left-handed, love contact and are extreme competitors,” Plum told Bleacher Report of the comparison.
“Crafty, left-handed, can shoot the three, make plays for her teammates… you don’t see that a lot, especially in women’s basketball,” Harden told WNBA.com. “I had to give her a shout-out and show her that I’m watching and I appreciate the left-hand craftiness.”
The Kelsey Plum phase is sweeping the nation and after Plum dropped 57 to break the scoring record, she received shout-outs from basketball legends Kobe Bryant and Nancy Lieberman. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray even proclaimed that day, Feb. 25, 2017 as “Kelsey Plum Day”.
Despite all this, Kelsey remains locked in on one goal for the Huskies. She returns to the court at 8:30 p.m. Friday when No. 3 seed Washington (27-4) plays No. 6 Oregon (19-12) in the Pac-12 quarterfinals, and hopes to help UW win their first Pac-12 Tournament title.
We don’t know how Kelsey’s fairy-tale season will end but whatever the outcome, we’ll still know that superstar James Harden would be equally amazing as a girl.