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Iowa, Maryland and Michigan Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

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Iowa, Maryland and Michigan Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Hawkeyes’ Clark, Terrapins’ Reese and Wolverines’ Hillmon are the conference’s first weekly honorees for the 2020-21 season

 

Player of the Week

Naz Hillmon, Michigan

F – Jr. – Cleveland, Ohio – Gilmour Academy – Major: Communications

• Averaged 30.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game with a .737 field-goal percentage and a double-double to help No. 25/24 Michigan to season-opening wins over Central Michigan and Oakland last week

• Scored a career-high 35 points (most by a Big Ten student-athlete this season) and grabbed seven rebounds in 29 minutes of the Nov. 27 win at Oakland

• Posted a double-double (26 points, 11 rebounds) in Nov. 25 victory over Central Michigan

• Named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2019-20

• Earns the second Big Ten Player of the Week award of her career

• Last Michigan Player of the Week: Naz Hillmon (Feb. 3, 2020)

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Grace Berger, Jr., G, IND: Recorded Indiana’s first-ever triple-double and the first by a Big Ten women’s basketball student-athlete since Jan. 2018 (17 points/10 rebounds/10 assists) as the No. 16/15 Hoosiers opened with a win over Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 25

Caitlin Clark, Fr., G, IOWA: See below

Katie Benzan, Sr., G, MD: Named MVP of the #BeachBubble at the Gulf Coast Showcase after averaging 19.0 ppg and shooting .553 from the floor as the No. 12/11 Terrapins went 2-1, including Sunday’s win over No. 14 Arkansas (Benzan had a career-high 28 points with a school record-tying eight three-pointers)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Caitlin Clark, Iowa

G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Undeclared

• Registered a game-high 27 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals to help the Hawkeyes to a season-opening victory over Northern Iowa on Nov. 25

• Clark’s 27 points are believed to be the most by a Big Ten women’s basketball freshman in her debut since Dec. 1, 1992 (Illinois’ Robbyn Preacely – 27 points at Illinois State)

• Helped Iowa record its 37th consecutive home win, the second-longest active streak in the nation

• Collects the first Freshman of the Week award of her career

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: McKenna Warnock (Jan. 27, 2020)

 

Co-Freshman of the Week

Angel Reese, Maryland

F/G – Baltimore, Md. – St. Frances Academy – Major: Communication

• Averaged 17.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game with a .563 field-goal percentage to help No. 12/11 Maryland to a 2-1 record in the #BeachBubble at the Gulf Coast Showcase last weekend in Fort Myers, Fla.

• Earned a spot on the all-tournament team and narrowly missed posting three double-doubles (one rebound short vs. Davidson and No. 24/25 Missouri State, two rebounds away against No. 14 Arkansas)

• Helped the Terrapins to a Big Ten record for points against a ranked opponent in Sunday’s 115-96 win over 14th-ranked Arkansas

• Receives the first Freshman of the Week award of her career

• Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Ashley Owusu (March 2, 2020)

 

2020-21 Big Ten Players of the Week

Nov. 30

P: Naz Hillmon, Jr., MICH

F: Caitlin Clark, IOWA

F: Angel Reese, MD