MSU’s Nia Clouden Named USBWA National Freshman of the Week

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State freshman guard Nia Clouden added to her accolades this week when she was named United States Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Week after her performance against then-No. 16 Iowa on Dec. 30. She also garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on Monday.

The guard captured her first Freshman of the Week honor and became the first Spartan to earn the Big Ten award since Victoria Gaines on Jan. 2, 2017.

Clouden, a native of Owings Mills, Maryland, has been stellar all season for the Spartans. Against Iowa, she set a new career high with 27 points in 39 minutes in the victory against No. 16/16 Iowa. She shot 10-of-19 (.526) from the field and 6-of-9 (.667) from the free throw line to seal the win. In a solid all-around game, she added five assists, four rebounds, and two steals to her stat line.

For the season, she is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 points per game. She is also second in the Big Ten in scoring among freshman behind Maryland’s Taylor Mikesell who scores 14.8 ppg. Among freshman, she is first in the league in assists with 4.8 apg. She is first among B1G rookies in steals, averaging 1.9 steals per game.

After the win against Iowa, the Spartans moved up to No. 15 in the Associated Press poll this week. Michigan State now hits the road to take on Northwestern in the B1G road opener on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m ET.