Jewel Clark Named Big 5 Player of the Year

Jewel Clark is a first-team All-Big 5 selection for the third straight season.

April 21, 2004

PHILADELPHIA -- Jewel Clark was named the Big 5 Player of the Year at the Big 5 annual banquet held in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening. This honor, a first for Clark, caps a magnificent senior season and collegiate career. The Waldorf, Md. native was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in March.

Clark averaged a double-double in Big Five competition with 17.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. It is the first time in Clark's career that the Waldorf, Md. native has been honored with the award and the third time the senior has been a member of the first-team All-Big 5. Earlier this spring Clark was named the Ivy League Player of the Year. Clark had her best Big-5 performance of the season against Temple on Dec. 9. She scored 30 points (10-of-17) and collected 12 caroms in Penn's first win at Temple in a decade.

For the third straight season Jewel Clark set the bar for the Quakers team and leaves Penn as the second-highest scorer in program history, with 1,743 points. Clark did not take long to get into mid-season form, collecting her first of 12 double-doubles with 26 points and 12 boards in a 74-68 loss to Delaware State in the title game of the UMBC Retriever Classic (Nov. 22-23). Clark had three-straight double-doubles in the middle of the season, averaging 20.6 points and 13.0 rebounds over the three-game span. She has recorded 29 double-doubles in her career, including a 23-point, 14-rebound effort in the Ivy clinching win over Dartmouth.

Clark proved to be very resilient as a scorer, averaging 26.0 points in games after she had been held under 10 in the scoring column during the previous contest. She was held to nine points against Villanova on Dec. 4 and came back with 30 at Temple on Dec. 9. Yale held the Waldorf, Md. native to a season-low six points and Brown felt the effects as Clark dropped 25 on Brown, hitting 8-of-15 shots against the Bears. Harvard held Clark to nine points in 19 minutes of play and, unfortunately for Dartmouth, scored 23 on the Big Green to go along with 13 boards for her seventh double-double of the season, finishing her career with 29.

Clark finished her career where she began it, at the NCAA Women's Championship. The Penn Quakers made a return trip to the big dance, facing eventual three-time national champion UConn in the first round held in Bridgeport, Conn.

Clark ranks in the top 10 in nine statistical categories at Penn, including first in field-goal attempts (1,355) and free throws (469).

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications