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Caitlin Clark named Naismith National Player of the Year over reigning winner Aliyah Boston

Mar 29, 2023

Iowa's Caitlin Clark was named Naismith National Player of the Year on Wednesday, beating out 2022 winner Aliyah Boston and fellow finalists Maddy Siegrist (Villanova) and Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech).

Clark won the award two days before her Hawkeyes are slated to play Boston's South Carolina Gamecocks in the Final Four.

A junior guard, Clark's averaged 27.3 points, 8.6 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 47.4% from the field and 39.2% from 3-point distance. She's the nation's third-leading scorer while her assists tally ranks best in the nation. She was named a unanimous selection to the AP All-America team on March 15, her second time earning first-team honors.

Clark leads the nation with five triple-doubles. A 41-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound effort in Sunday's Elite Eight win over Louisville was the 11th triple-double of her career, which ranks second all-time behind ex-Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu (27). She regularly accounts for an outsized portion of Iowa's offense; her buckets and assists contributed to 70 of Iowa's 97 points in Sunday's win over Louisville.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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