Clark Named B1G Freshman of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa freshman Caitlin Clark was named the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week and earned a spot on the conference’s Player of the Week Honor Roll, the Big Ten announced Sunday.

Clark has tallied 22 Big Ten Weekly honors on the season, including a Big Ten-best 13 Freshman of the Week honors, a Big Ten-record five Player of the Week honors as a freshman, and four Player of the Week Honor Roll nods.

Clark’s 13th Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor extends Clark’s own record. Clark also expanded her record for most weekly honors, tallying 13 Freshman and five Player of the Week honors — Megan Gustafson held the previous record with 13. She also owns the record for most Player of the Week nods as a Freshman, besting the record previously held by Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. (4). Clark’s five Big Ten Player of the Week honors as a freshman believed to be an NCAA record.

In two games last week, Clark averaged 33.5 points 4.5 assists, five rebounds, and a steal. She was 13-of-14 from the free-throw line and recorded five 3-pointers in each of the two contests.

At No. 10 Indiana, Clark was 5-of-7 from 3-point range, and 11-of-18 from the field, finishing with 32 points, five assists, two rebounds, and a steal.

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22)

Against Nebraska, Clark became just the fifth Hawkeye to record a 600-plus point season. She is the first freshman to accomplish the feat. Clark joins former Hawkeyes Megan Gustafson (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19), Cindy Haugejorde (1979-80), Michelle Edwards (1987-88), and Franthea Price (1989-90). She’s also only the fourth freshman across the nation to record 630+ points since 2015-16. Out of six student-athletes to record 600+ points, Clark ranks fourth for most points during a freshman campaign (631 points), playing seven fewer games than anyone on the list. Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter holds the record for most freshman points (816), playing 13 more games than the Hawkeyes have this season and averaging 22.6 points per game.

Clark leads the nation in total points (631), points per game (27.4), 3-pointers made (92), and 3-pointers per game. She leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally in total assists (158) and field goals made (210).

Clark and the Hawkeyes travel to Indianapolis to take on Purdue (11 seed) on Wednesday, March 10. Tipoff is set for 25 minutes after the Penn State (10 seed) vs. Michigan State (7 seed) that starts at 6:30 p.m. The game will air on FS2.