The Las Vegas Aces have been on a roll this season. Not just by notching the No. 2 seed in the West and making the playoffs either.
In the midst of one of their franchise’s most successful seasons, Aces guard Kelsey Plum was recently voted as the WNBA’s Sixth Woman of the Year after a record-breaking regular season.
The baton was finally passed down to Plum for the first time in her career after Aces forward and 2021 All-Star Dearica Hamby reigned as Sixth Woman of the Year for two consecutive seasons (2018-19).
A year after tearing her Achilles, the former first overall draft pick came off of the bench in every game this season, averaging 20 points in eight of those games, the most in a single season by a reserve in the W.
Plum averaged a career-high 14.8 points this season, along with 3.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game. For the 2021 season, Plum ranks 16th in WNBA scoring and 14th in assists.
The fourth-year pro blew other contestants out of the water in voting, earning 41 votes from a national panel of 49 sportswriters and broadcasters. Hamby followed behind with five, Marina Mabrey (Dallas Wings) with two, and Natisha Hiedeman (Connecticut Sun) with one vote.
In honor of being crowned Sixth Player of the Year, Plum will receive $5,150 and a trophy designed by Tiffany & Co.