Nielsen named IIAC Player of the Week
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Once again, Simpson's Kate Nielsen had the best week of any women's basketball player in the Iowa Conference.
For the fifth time this season, Nielsen brought home Iowa Conference Player of the Week honors, the league office announced earlier this week.
A senior forward from Urbandale, Iowa, Nielsen averaged 26 points and 7.5 rebounds for the period ending Sunday, Jan. 20. The 10th-ranked Storm (now 17-1 overall) remained unbeaten in the conference with wins over Loras and Dubuque last week.
She scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against the Duhawks for her seventh double-double this season and the 13th of her career. She was 6 of 11 from the field and a perfect 9 of 9 at the charity stripe. Against Dubuque, she scored a game-high 30 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field, reaching the 30-point plateau for the second time in 2012-2013. During the week, she shot 63.6 percent (14 of 22) from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and hit 95.2 percent (20-of-21) of her free throws.
Simpson is in the middle of a challenging stretch that includes four games in eight days. The Storm beat Coe 58-56 on Monday followed by a 73-56 win over Central on Wednesday. The week will wrap up with another game against Coe on Saturday in Cedar Rapids.