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Michigan State’s Clouden Named USBWA Freshman of the Week

Her 27 points against Iowa helped announce the Spartans as Big Ten contenders

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 06 Women’s Bowling Green at Michigan State Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Michigan State’s Nia Clouden was named the USBWA Freshman of the Week, based on her 27 point performance against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Fellow teammate Jenna Allen, herself a USBWA Player of the Week in week 2, also had a big game against the Hawkeyes, grabbing a career high 17 rebounds. In a Big Ten that has 4 ranked teams and Indiana lurking just outside, the Spartans announced themselves contenders with that win over Iowa.

But this is Nia Clouden’s week. She is more than just that one amazing game. She is averaging 13.3 points and 4.8 assists on the season. The Owings Mills, Maryland native is second on the team in scoring and has already shown great leadership at a young age. Brian Calloway, of the Lansing State Journal, wrote about her impact ability in early November. You can read that article here.

Allen, Clouden, and company are sitting at 11-1. As conference action hits full swing, it is time to discuss how we think is going to hoist the Big Ten trophy. I personally am leaning toward Michigan State, and I am not just writing that because Spartan fans are the most likely to be “reading” this article. Let’s put it to a poll!


Which Team is Going To Win the Big Ten?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Mary Land, because they are the highest ranked!
    (3 votes)
  • 5%
    Minnesota because the PJ Fleck effect is real in other sports, if not for football!
    (1 vote)
  • 61%
    Your few words on the subject have me convinced, it’s Michigan State!
    (11 votes)
  • 11%
    Rutgers, because Vivian is the GOAT!
    (2 votes)
  • 5%
    Other, because other!
    (1 vote)
18 votes total Vote Now