Caitlin Clark Named Big Ten Freshman Player of the Year; Clark, Czinano Named All-Big Ten

By RossWB on March 10, 2021 at 9:55 pm
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The regular season is over for women's college basketball, which means it's time to hand out some hardware to recognize the best of the best and -- surprise! -- Caitlin Clark very much fits the bill. 

Clark, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week a record 13 (!) times, was the no-brainer choice to be Freshman of the Year in the league. No one else even came close to what she did as a freshman this season. Clark leads the country in points per game (27.4), total points (631), 3-pointers made (92), and 3-pointers per game (4.0). She's second nationally in total assists (158), field goals made (210), 3-pointers attempted (219), and triple-doubles (1). And she's fourth nationally in assists per game (6.9) and field goal attempts (431). She has been wildly prolific. As a true freshman. 12 months ago she was trying to lead Dowling to an Iowa state championship; now she's lighting up the Big Ten and leading Iowa to the NCAA Tournament. Calling her a phenom seems like a gross understatement. 

Clark was also (obviously) a member of the league's All-Freshman Team. 

Clark as also named to the All-Big Ten First Team, where she was joined by teammate Monika Czinano. 

Czinano averaged 18.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg, while leading the nation in field goal percentage (65.7%). She's been a dynamite inside threat for Iowa all season and an excellent complement to Clark. 

Clark is the sixth Iowa player to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and the first since Jaime Printy did so in 2010. She's the first Iowa freshman ever to earn All-Big Ten First Team honors. Add that to the list of records and first-time-ever accomplishments for Caitlin Clark -- that's going to be a long, long list by the time her Iowa career is done. It's already off to an incredible start. 

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