Princeton grad can move up to No. 2 on all-time NCAA scoring list on Monday night
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Princeton High School graduate Kelsey Mitchell is in the midst of winding down a highly successful and historic college basketball career at Ohio State University, but she's hoping to extend that career and possibly become the No. 2 all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I women's basketball history on Monday night.
Mitchell needs 20 points in the Buckeyes' second-round NCAA Tournament game against Central Michigan to move ahead of Jackie Stiles into the No. 2 spot. Tipoff is 6:30 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN2.
Mitchell, who is averaging 24.1 points per game, was held to 11 points in Saturday's 87-45 first-round win over George Washington, but that moved her career total to 3,374 points. Stiles scored 3,393 points. The No. 1 spot is held by Washington's Kelsey Plum, who tallied 3,527 points from 2013-17. Mitchell would need for Ohio State (28-6) to reach the national championship game and average 30.8 points in that span to surpass Plum for the top spot.
Mitchell is one of only four players in NCAA history to score 3,000 points and record 500 assists in a career. She scored her 3,000th point on Jan. 13 and recorded her 500th assist on Feb. 8.
She set the all-time women's record for three-point field goals made with the 442nd of her career in a game against Maryland on Jan. 22 and has 491 for her career. That puts her in range to surpass Oakland University's Travis Bader for the most three-points in NCAA Division I history (men's or women's). Bader made 504 in his career.