Nielsen takes home sixth IIAC Player of the Week award

Iowa Conference Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Kate Nielsen added another award to her resume by winning Iowa Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors for the sixth time and Iowa Conference Athlete of the Week honors for the fifth time, the league office announced Tuesday.

A senior forward from Urbandale, Iowa, Nielsen averaged 23.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists while leading Simpson to a 3-0 record during the week, earning the award for the period ending Sunday, Jan. 27.

She posted a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double -- her eighth of the season -- while adding six steals and four assists in a 58-56 win over Coe on Jan. 21. Nielsen followed that effort up with a 26-point outburst in a 73-56 win over rival Central where she also had eight boards, five assists and shot a career-best 11-for-12 from the charity stripe. She capped the week with 28 points on 11 of 20 shooting in a 70-62 win at Coe. Her 28 points in the second game against the Kohawks left her with exactly 1,000 for her career, making her the 15th Simpson women's player to reach the milestone.

The 10th-ranked Storm (18-1, 8-0) host Buena Vista on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.