By John Bohnenkamp
Iowa’s Caitlin Clark picked up two honors as the nation’s top point guard on Friday night.
The sophomore won the Nancy Lieberman Award and the Dawn Staley Point Guard Of The Year award after a season in which she led the nation in scoring and assists.
Clark led the nation in points per game (27.0), assists per game (8.0), total assists (257), total points (863), free throws made (200), triple doubles (5) and 30-point games (11). She is the only women’s basketball player to lead the country in both assists per game and points per game in a single season.
It was another brilliant season for Clark, who won the Staley award last season.
Clark registered five triple-doubles this season. In January, Clark joined NBA players Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Hardin, Luka Dončić and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only players NBA, WNBA, Division I men’s and women’s basketball to record back-to-back 30-point triple doubles since 2000.
Clark topped the 1,000-point career mark against Evansville in early January and became the fastest Division I player (men’s or women’s) to reach 1,500 career points over the last 20 seasons, reaching the feat in 56 games.
Clark broke the Iowa single-game assist record with 18 in a game against Penn State. She had a career-high 46 points against No. 6 Michigan.
Clark was the Big Ten’s player of the year and Big Ten Tournament most valuable player. She was a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and the United States Basketball Writers Association. She was a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, given to the nation’s top player, and is a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.
Photo of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark by Stephen Mally/hawkeyesports.com