Celebrating a Historic Season
2023 National Player of the Year
2023 Player of the Year Mixtape
"If you want to watch the best shooter in college basketball, men or women, it's Caitlin... There's nobody like her."Dan Patrick on 'The Dan Patrick Show' (2/3/2023)
Clark is one of three Hawkeye recipients of the Naismith Trophy since 2019, and the second women’s player. Megan Gustafson was the 2019 honoree, while Luka Garza was chosen in 2021. Iowa is one of just six institutions to have both a men’s and women’s Naismith Trophy honoree (Duke, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas and Virginia).
Clark is the second Hawkeye, and Big Ten student-athlete, to earn the distinction since the award was established in 1995. Iowa’s Megan Gustafson was the recipient of the national award after her historic season in 2019.
Clark is the first Hawkeye to earn the distinction, which is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year honor in women’s basketball. She is the first Big Ten player to win the award since Purdue’s Stephanie White in 1999.
Clark is the eighth Hawkeye (men’s or women’s student-athlete) to earn the Big Ten Athlete of the Year award, and the third in the past five seasons. Iowa’s past winners include wrestlers Ed Banach (1983), Barry Davis (1985) and Brent Metcalf (2008), football player Chuck Long (1986), men’s basketball player Luka Garza (2021), Gleason, and Gustafson.
Clark is the seventh Hawkeye – eighth time overall – in program history to be named Big Ten Player of the Year and the fourth in five seasons.
Most in B1G History (M or W)
Streak of scoring in double figures - NCAA #1
Of Iowa's offensive output: points & assists
“Caitlin Clark, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like that before. She is unbelievable, I thought our kids did a pretty good job and that’s what’s scary because she still had 45. If I’m being honest, the game plan was to try to limit Clark and Czinano. I could sit here and say we we’re going to let Clark get hers tonight but that wasn’t the case, we tried to guard her. She’s really turned into an all-around player and she’ll lead the world in assists too. She can score from anywhere, and I mean anywhere. I don’t know how you stop her. I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve never seen anything like it."Wes Moore - NC State head coach (12/1/2022)
“It’s been amazing how much she is growing this game. … She’s the face of women’s basketball across the United States.”Lisa Bluder, P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Head Iowa Women’s Basketball Coach at the Big Ten Championship post-game press conference (3/5/2023)
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessWBB) March 27, 2023
Presenting The Athletic’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Year…
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) March 10, 2023
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 22, 2022
CAITLIN CLARK DOES IT ALL 😤
She scored or assisted on 68 of Iowa’s points in the Big Ten Championship 🤩 pic.twitter.com/LRC8kzeLHI
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 6, 2023
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 6, 2023
E L I T E 👏
Caitlin Clark joined Dwyane Wade as the only players in Division I history with a triple-double vs. an AP Top-2 opponent since 1999-2000. pic.twitter.com/2eDdO4mFz6
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 24, 2023
"Clark -- and at this point it really isn't close. But to steal a phrase from my world of Bracketology, Clark has the superior overall body of work (over Boston). Clark's worst game against a ranked opponent this season is a 19-point, eight-rebound, eight-assist performance against Iowa State in early December…Clark has yet to have an off night or a bad game. As outstanding as she was a year ago, her consistency this season has elevated her game to new heights."Charlie Creme - ESPN.com (2/15/2023)
“Caitlin Clark’s consistency and ability to attract attention from defenders from the center court line to the basket separates her from her peers as one of the best players in the nation. Having had the chance to watch her from afar throughout her career, I am impressed with the attention she receives from defenders all over the court and how she is able to handle the pressure. She gets it done on the court despite attracting double teams and triple teams on a regular basis. The attention that opponents must place on her is a nightmare for scouting. She can do so many things on the court and has done it against elite opponents.”Rick Insell, Head Coach – Middle Tennessee, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
Caitlin Clark vs ranked opponents:
31.7 PTS | 7.1 REB | 7.7 AST | 48% FG
– 25 PTS vs #3 UConn
– 45 PTS vs #12 NC State
– 19 PTS vs #10 Iowa State
– 28 PTS vs #14 Michigan
– 28 PTS vs #2 Ohio State
– 42 PTS vs #8 Maryland
– 35 PTS vs #2 Indiana #NCAAW | @IowaWBB pic.twitter.com/AvMOxIcsSE
— Women’s Hoopz (@WBBWorldWide) February 17, 2023
Caitlin Clark and those transition 3s …from the freakin logo. EVERY TIME. GETS ME EVERY TIME 🔥🔥🔥 #shootersshoot
— Arielle (Ari) Chambers (@ariivory) January 24, 2023
“I have the fortune to work the WNBA Draft, and usually when you’re going into a draft you’re looking at comps for a player. In a couple years when Caitlin comes out, I don’t know that there will be a comp just because we haven’t seen someone do what she’s doing. We’ve never had a women’s player lead the nation in scoring and assists, so she’s clearly doing something that has never been done.”-Rebecca Lobo, Hawk Off the Press Podcast, (2/16/2022)
To paraphrase Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Caitlin Clark can dish it and swish it.
Clark has posted at least 20 points and 10 assists in each of her last three games, tied for the longest streak in women’s D-I since 1999-2000. The No. 10 Hawkeyes meet No. 2 Ohio State tonight on ESPN2. pic.twitter.com/otPnW9TQQ6
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 23, 2023