Despite losing the national championship to the LSU Tigers on Sunday, Iowa’s Kaitlin Clark had a stellar season where she racked up accomplishments and awards.
During his “Outside the Lines” program on SportsCenter, John R. She was given another honor Tuesday when she was presented with the Women’s Player of the Year award. She was named the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year, the Associated Press Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and this year’s recipient of the Wade Trophy.
“It’s a big honor, it’s a very prestigious one, obviously all these awards are a big deal,” he said on the broadcast. “…Coach Wooden is a legend. It’s a great honor to receive an award in his name,” he said.
During the segment, Clark talked about his season, competing against LSU star Angel Reese and first lady Jill Biden’s invitation to the White House.
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Kaitlyn Clark praises Angel Reese, says LSU player shouldn’t be criticized for taunting
During the national championship game, Reese taunted Clark with the “You Can’t See Me” gesture. Clark mocked the Louisville Cardinals the same way in the Elite Eight. The Iowa star drew praise from John Cena for using his signature celebration. But Reese received criticism online for her act, being called “classless” among other names.
Clarke said he “didn’t see (Reese’s taunting) honestly when the game was going on” and that people were wrong to criticize Reese, who was named the Final Four’s most valuable player, when there was passion and passion. What motivates people to watch sports? ABC’s telecast of the national championship averaged 9.9 million viewers, the highest audience for a women’s college basketball game.
“I think the biggest thing is that we’re all competitive. We all show our emotions in a different way. Angel is an amazing, amazing player. I have nothing but respect for her. I love her game, the way she rebounds, the way she hits the ball. Absolutely unbelievable. I’m a huge fan of hers,” said Clarke, who added that she hasn’t been on social media much since the loss and that the game was “super, super fun.”
Many claimed that the backward difference was due to racism. Clark is white and Reese is black.
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“Whichever way it goes, she should never be criticized for what she did,” Clark continued. “I’m a competitor and she’s competitive. I think everybody knows that there’s going to be some trash talking throughout the whole competition. It’s not just me and Angel, but I don’t mean to criticize her.
Caitlin Clark said the White House visit should be just for LSU
Clark also addressed First Lady Jill Biden’s idea to invite both the Tigers and Hawkeyes to the White House after the national championship game. Traditionally, only the champion is given the opportunity to meet the President.
“I don’t think runners-up usually go to the White House,” he said. “I think LSU should enjoy that moment for them. Congratulations, obviously, they deserve to go there. Maybe I’ll go to the White House under different conditions.”
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Biden has since retracted his proposal, with his press secretary saying the comments were “a tribute to the historic game and all female athletes.”
The first lady attended the national championships in Dallas and Clarke expressed her appreciation to many celebrities and legends of the game, including four-time WNBA champion and LSU alumnus Simone Augustus and WNBA All-Star and 2018 college national champion Arike Ogunbowale. .
“I was fortunate to have some good people in the arena at that championship game on Sunday night,” Clark said. “There were so many people who wanted to watch and support women’s basketball, which is what this game needs. I appreciate the First Lady watching both teams at home and supporting the greatness of women’s basketball.”
Caitlin Clark reflects on the 2022-23 season
Clarke said it will take some time to process the “whirlwind” of March Madness.
“It’s really hard for me to wrap my head around,” he said. “It takes me a few weeks to think about the whole year.”
As a junior, he will return to the Hawkeyes next season and try to get back to the Final Four, but Clark isn’t ready to move on just yet.
“I know we played the maximum amount of games, but I’m sad it’s over.”