By JOHN BOHNENKAMP
Iowa guard Caitlin Clark was named a first-team women’s basketball All-American by the Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers Association on Wednesday.
Clark leads the nation’s best offense, averaging 27 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. Clark accounts for 52 percent of Iowa’s offensive output in points and assists.
Clark, who has four triple-doubles this season, is the only player in the nation with more than 860 points, 235 rebounds, 265 assists, and 45 steals. Against teams that are top 26 in the NET Rankings, Clark is averaging 29.6 points, 8.4 assists, and 7.1 rebounds.
The junior guard currently leads NCAA Division I play in several statistical categories including assists per game, three pointers made (108), and triple doubles (4). She has scored 30 or more points in 10 games, including a pair of 40-point games.
Clark, a West Des Moines, Iowa, native, also was recognized as Big Ten Player of the Year for the second consecutive season as well as The Athletic National Player of the Year. She also was recognized as the CSC Academic All-America of the Year on Wednesday.
Clark led Iowa to the Big Ten Tournament title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes open the tournament on Friday against Southeastern Louisiana at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa center Monika Czinano was an honorable-mention All-American selection by the AP. Czinano averaged 17.3 points and 6.5 rebounds this season, and making 67.4 percent of her field goals. She has been top four nationally in field-goal percentage the last four years.
Photo: Iowa’s Caitlin Clark celebrates during the Big Ten Tournament championship game. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)