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Post-Iowa star Caitlin Clark, who led her team to the Big Ten Championship, was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Jersey Mike Naismith Women’s Player of the Year award.
- Clark lifts Hawkeyes to No. 2 in latest Associated Press poll ahead of NCAA Tournament The close looks set to bring home a number of individual accolades — though last year’s winner Aliyah Boston is among the few players who could contend for the prestigious award.
- Alissa Pili, Utah
- Caitlin Clark, Iowa
- Cameron Brinker, Stanford
- MacKenzie Holmes, Indiana
- Here are the semifinalists announced Thursday:
Aaliyah Edwards, University of Connecticut
Allia Boston, South Carolina Louisiana State University Angel Reese
Ashley Joens, Iowa
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech
Maddie Siegrist of Villanova
- Clark is the clear favorite after putting up incredible numbers all season, averaging 27.0 points, 7.5 rebounds And an NCAA-best 8.3 assists. She stepped up when it mattered most, totaling 30 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds in a Big Ten win over Ohio State.
- The junior also scored 34 points in a win over Indiana in the final game of the regular season.
- Boston can still challenge for a second POY honor as the best player on the best team in college basketball.
- South Carolina is 32-0 all year, while Boston has been an all-around contributor averaging 13.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 caps. LSU’s Angel Reece is another player to watch as he averages 23.4 points, 15.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks. Maryland’s move played a big role on both ends of the floor while helping the Tigers to a 28-2 record. Maddy Siegrist is the nation’s scoring leader with 28.9 points per game at Villanova this year. Scoring at least 20 points in the race may also earn some consideration from voters.
- The four finalists will be announced on March 21st and the winner will be revealed in the Women’s Final Four on March 29th . Fan voting, held March 21-28, will account for 5% of the final vote.