"She is so much fun to watch. People are talking about her being the Freshman of the Year, and Lisa Bluder said that with who she has to play against night in and night out in the Big Ten, it should be no question that Caitlin Clark is the National Freshman of the Year."Christy Winters-Scott, BTN Analyst (2/23/21)
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#2 - NCAA
#1 - NCAA
“It’s her ability to immediately impact the game at the collegiate level. She can score it. She’s a great passer... From what I’ve seen, Caitlin is the best freshman in the country. She’s so hard to guard. She’s got an NBA scoring mentality. She scores in bunches, takes tough shots. She has got an edge to her that, if she’s on your team, you’d love her; if she’s on the other team, it just annoys you. She has that little edge that the great players have and is not afraid to take big shots at big time.”Big 12 Head Coach, via The Athletic's Chantel Jennings, (2/1/21)
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B1G Freshman of the Week Honors
"Smart. Humble. A great teammate. A student of the game… It’s a shoot-until-your-arm-falls-off mentality. She put the time in, she put the reps in, she knows she’s capable, she’s not gonna lose her confidence inside a 40-minute game, and I love that. It’s a great sign of maturity. It’s a great sign of what’s ahead of us in the future of our game with players like Caitlin Clark.Debbie Antonelli, College hoops/WNBA Analyst, (1/16/21)
Caitlin Clark is GOOD at basketball:
— espnW (@espnW) February 12, 2021
Caitlin Clark scored a career-high 39 points in the Iowa’s 88-81 victory at Nebraska. It was her third game in a row hitting the 30-point mark or better, and her seventh overall this season. https://t.co/L1LfnCJoiH
— ESPN Women’s Hoops (@ESPN_WomenHoop) February 12, 2021
Caitlin Clark was on another LEVEL last night:
➡️ 39 points
➡️ 10 rebounds
➡️ 67% FG
— WSLAM (@wslam) February 12, 2021
That’s three consecutive games of 30 points or more from @IowaWBB freshman @CaitlinClark22. Tonight’s 39-point breakdown: 12 of 18 from field (6 of 10 3’s), 9 of 9 FTs. Plus 10 rebounds, 7 assists. She’s now averaging 26.6 PPG, best of any Power Five conference player. …
— Mechelle Voepel (@MechelleV) February 12, 2021
With her 39-point, 10-rebound & 7-assist performance tonight G Caitlin Clark becomes the first freshman in @IowaWBB history to notch at least 400 points, 100 rebounds & 100 assists for a season. #B1G #B1GWBB #Iowa #Hawkeyes #HawkeyeNation @IowaOnBTN @uiowa @B1Gwbball @bigten
— BTNStatsGuys (@BTNStatsGuys) February 12, 2021
“You don’t necessarily game plan to take her away, you game plan in anticipation of her getting hers and then trying to stop everybody else, which, as a coach and former player, that’s what I look for. I think that’s what makes you a little bit more special. I call her a four-level scorer because she can shoot from 32 (feet)... She’s just on a different level... You legit don’t know how many points she’s going to put up because she’s that capable... Like, you knew (Caitlin) was good, but nobody thought she was going to be doing what she’s doing right now.”Big Ten Assistant, via The Athletic's Chantel Jennings, (2/1/21)
THE CASE FOR CLARK…
- The only player in the country averaging 25+ points, 7+ assists, and 6+ rebounds.
- The only Division I student-athlete to record nine 30-point games this season — the most by an NCAA Division I freshman since 2000.
- First freshman in Iowa women’s basketball history to notch at least 500 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a season.
- The only freshman in the NCAA since 2015-16 to put up 30 points and register 10 or more assists in a single game. At Drake, Clark tallied 30 points and 13 assists.
- Clark’s 14 assists against Wisconsin (Feb. 28) are the most from a Big Ten Freshman since she tallied 13 against Western Illinois (Dec. 22). Maryland’s Destiny Slocum also recorded 13 against Illinois on February 9, 2017
- Posted her first career triple-double against Western Illinois (Dec. 22) — the first from a Hawkeye since Sam Logic (Baylor, March 27, 2015). It marked the 10th triple-double in program history.
- Has recorded seven double-doubles on the season, including games against Western Illinois (Dec. 22), Drake (Dec. 2), Minnesota (Jan. 6), Ohio State (Jan. 13), Minnesota (Jan. 31), Nebraska (Feb. 11), and Wisconsin (Feb. 28).
- Netted a career-high 39 points at Nebraska on Feb. 11 — setting a Pinnacle Bank Arena record for most points scored in a single game (men or women).
- Broke the Iowa women’s basketball record for points scored in a freshman campaign at Maryland on Feb. 23. Clark currently has 564 points, besting Jaime Printy’s previous record of 501 points (2009-10).
- Broke Iowa’s all-time freshman assist record in Iowa’s win at Wisconsin on Feb. 28. She’s dished out 149 assists this season, besting Kathleen Doyle’s record fo 148 (2016-17).
- Has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week 12 times and has earned 20 total weekly honors from the conference. Her 12 Freshman of the Week honors is a Big Ten Record.
- Has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week five times — setting a Big Ten Women’s Basketball record for most Player of the Week awards by a freshman.
- Has earned National Freshman of the Week honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) four times (Jan. 5, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2) — tying a record for most freshman of the week honors since the award’s inception.
- Named ESPN National Player of the Week on Dec. 14, making her the first Big Ten freshman to earn the award.
- Named to the NCAA Starting Five three times (Dec. 9, Dec. 30, Feb. 17).
- Named to the Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Midseason Team on Feb. 9. She is one of two freshmen on the list.
- Named to the Dawn Staley Late Season Watch List on Feb. 5. The list includes 16 of the nation’s top guards in women’s basketball.
- Named one of five finalists for Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year award.
- Named a semifinalist for the 2021 World Exposure Report Women’s Freshman of the Year award.