IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa freshman Caitlin Clark was named Big Ten Women’s Basketball Co-Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Clark was also named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll. Clark shares the freshman honor with Maryland’s Angel Reese.
It is the first honor of Clark’s career and the first for the Hawkeyes this season.
The West Des Moines, Iowa, native scored 27 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out four assists, registered three steals, and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line – believed to be the best debut for a Hawkeye freshman.
Clark’s 27 points are the most in a Big Ten debut since Maryland junior Eleanna Christinaki had 32 points in a win over Coppin State (Dec. 20, 2017). Her 27 points are believed to be the most in a Big Ten freshmen debut since Illinois’ Robin Preacely had 27 points against Illinois State (Dec. 1, 1992).
Clark and the Hawkeyes travel to Drake on Wednesday for their first road contest of the season. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on Mediacom MC22. Iowa returns home on Saturday, hosting Wisconsin in its Big Ten opener. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on BTN Plus.