Nia Clouden, the Michigan State Spartans’ junior point guard, continues to rack up the accolades on the season as she was named Saturday to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. Clouden averaged 24 points per game in her three games played in the tournament, including a personal tournament high 30-points against the Indiana Hoosiers on Thursday.
Prior to Saturday’s championship game between Iowa and Maryland, Clouden stood at No. 4 in the ppg individual standings for the 2021 Big Ten Tournament. In the three games MSU played in the tournament, Clouden finished each with 18 (Penn State), 30 (Indiana, led all scorers and was second most in a single-game in the tournament), and 24 (Iowa, led MSU in scoring). Her 72 total points in the tournament was good for third most after Saturday’s championship game.
Based on statistics in the tournament through the conclusion of games on Friday, March 12, Clouden finished the tournament also ranking 11th in field goal percentage (.479); tied for 10th in free throw percentage (.750) but had more attempts through Friday’s action (28) than any other player; ranking 11th in assist/turnover ratio (2.25); ranking eighth in minutes played per game (38.33), though no player on the list ahead of her played in more than one game; and finished with more made free throws (13) in a single-game than any other player.
Clouden also moved up from No. 18 when entering the tournament to No. 13 on the all-time MSU scoring list after MSU’s final game in the tournament (1,193 career points at the start to 1,265 at the conclusion), passing former Spartans LyKendra Johnson (1,242) and Branndais Agee (1,250) in the win over Iowa.
Clouden is the only player to earn the All-Tournament honors from a team that did not play in the championship game. The other two players to earn the honors were Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and Monika Czinano along with Maryland’s Diamond Miller and Ashley Owusu.