NEW YORK – Kelsey Plum, the University of Washington senior who broke the NCAA record for points in a season, was selected first in the WNBA draft on Thursday night by San Antonio.

It’s a pick that sends one of the greatest scorers in NCAA history to a team that averaged a league-low 72 points per game last season – eight below the Fever, the second-worst scoring team in the league and more than 14 below the league-leading Sky.

“That kid just works hard,” said former South Carolina player Kaela Davis. “She keeps you guessing. As a defender you can never expect one thing. You never know what’s coming next and I think that stuff’s always hard to guard.”

But the pick put her on a team that selected another scoring guard, Moriah Jefferson, in the 2016 draft, leaving questions about what her role would be or if she would be traded. Jefferson was the 2016 Rookie of the Year runner-up.

“I’m really excited, Coach (Vickie Johnson) has a great plan from what I hear,” Plum said. “I’ve played with Moriah (Jefferson) before, phenomenal player. And I’m a big fan of Kayla McBride. I’ve watched her throughout her college career and the pros and I’m just excited for the opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it.”

San Antonio, which finished the 2016 season with a 7-27 record, had the first and fifth pick in the first round of the draft, breaking Seattle’s two-year streak of having the first selection.

The WNBA held the draft at the Samsung event space in Manhattan, a deep contrast to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut where the draft has been held for the past couple of years. In a contrast to the NBA draft where players sit on a single level and Adam Silver calls them to the stage, WNBA commissioner Lisa Borders sat in a DJ-like booth to call the players’ names.

Jay Parry, the league’s Chief Operating Officer, said the new draft space synced with the league’s emphasis on connecting with its fans through social media – a place where the league saw dramatic growth in the 2016 season.

Similar to what happens at the NBA draft, the players followed their post-pick interview with a tour of places to pose for social media.

But it was an atmosphere far different from the NBA draft: Instead of being guided backstage, players could mingle with former players and their families on the second floor of the interactive experience after their big moment. The atmosphere was also much more of a cocktail party or awards ceremony. Waiters walked around with appetizers that include poke bowls and small pizzas and a bar in the event space boasted cold brew coffee. The idea, Parry said, was to make the draft reflect the players’ personalities more and the choice of the space was meant to give fans more of a chance to see the experience through videos and moments posted on Twitter, Snapchat and more.

The WNBA is coming off a season where they reported 530 million impressions, and over 50 million video views on social media, both which were more than double what they saw in the…