The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has named Iowa’s Caitlin Clark as the WBCA Co-Freshman of the Year, it was announced Tuesday. UConn’s Paige Bueckers is the the other player sharing the honor.
Clark is the first Iowa women’s basketball player to earn a national freshman of the year honor from any outlet.
The West Des Moines native averaged 26.6 points, 7.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game in 30 games in the 2020-21 season. Her points per game total set an Iowa freshman record (men’s or women’s), which was also the fourth-highest points per game total in Iowa history (also men’s or women’s).
Clark is the one Division I student-athlete to record 12, 30-point games in the 2020-21 season, which was the best by a Division I freshman since 2000.
She led the nation in total assists (214), total points (799), points per game (26.6), field goals made (266), 3-pointers made (116), and ranked second in assists per game (7.1) and 3-pointers per game (3.87).
Her total points and assists she recorded in her freshman campaign shattered Iowa’s previous freshman recoreds in those categories. Her point total in a season ranks third all-time in program history, and her assists total ranks fourth all-time in program history.
Clark had nine double-doubles in her freshman season, including a triple-double against Western Illinois Dec. 22. Her career-high 39 points at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Nebraska was the most any player has scored there in a single game, men or women.
Previous honors Clark has received have being Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first team All-Big Ten. She received Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor a record 13 times and named Big Ten Women’s Player of the Week five times, the most ever by a freshman.