DAVENPORT—Jenny Clark of Cambridge ended her college basketball career having set records at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
Jenny Clark of Cambridge ended her college basketball career at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, Saturday, Feb. 27, after the Queen Bees lost to Iowa Wesleyan, 75-72, in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) tournament semi-final game.
The game also ended any hope the team had to play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. The Queen Bees finished their 2009-10 season with a 24-8 record.
Clark, a 2006 graduate of Cambridge High School, is a senior majoring in exercise science and human and fitness performance. She will graduate in May and has been accepted into the physical therapy program at St. Ambrose this fall.
While at Cambridge High School, Clark finished her career as the third leading scorer in Cambridge history with 1,313 points. She also set the school record for most points in a single game, scoring 39 points in one contest in 2006. Clark was named most valuable player and best offensive player during the 2005-06 season that finished 18-6 and reached the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) regional semi-final.
While playing basketball at St. Ambrose University, Clark, a guard, continued to be a major contributor on the team. She served as captain her sophomore, junior and senior years at St. Ambrose.
Clark will go down in the record books at St. Ambrose as the ninth leading scorer, netting 1,621 points in her four-year career.
She will also go down in the record books for her assists and steals. She had 470 assists to put her in fifth place in the school record book and 306 steals to put in her in third place.
Clark also owns all of the St. Ambrose three-point records and currently leads the NAIA Division
II with a school-record 118 three-pointers this season.
She hit a school-record eight three-pointers in a game five different times in her career, including twice in 2009-10. She shattered the career three-point mark, making 367 shots from beyond the arc over her four years in a Queen Bee uniform.
Much more than just a three-point threat, Clark finished this year second on the team in points, assists and steals. She finished in the top 10 in the MCC in several categories, including first in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.97), second in steals (2.7/game), sixth in scoring (14.6 points/game), sixth in assists (3.8/game) and seventh in three-point percentage (.360).
She is also one of two Queen Bees (along with teammate Ali Dolphin) in the programs history to reach both 1600 points and 400 assists.
Clark capped her outstanding career by earning all-conference honors for the fourth straight year and was named to the all-conference first team for the last three years.
She was also named to the second team All-American in 2007-08 and was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in 2007-08.
She was a three time NAIA Scholar-Athlete Section and a four time MCC Academic All-Conference.
"Jenny is a great competitor and plays basketball with passion,” stated coach Nathan Altenhofen. “She made great decisions with the basketball and obviously was one of the top 3-pt shooters in the country. It is going to be wierd next year not having her on the court. Jenny was also a great team leader. She was like an extension of the coach when she played. She bought into the system quickly and the strides she made from her freshman to sophomore seasons, was possibly one of the most improved players in the country. She simply had a great career."
“Before our first game this season, Coach Goetz pulled me aside and told me to approach this year like every game is my first, not my last,” Clark stated. “That has really stuck with me and I really think it is something that can be applied to every day. I guess what I am trying to say is that if we can approach every day like it’s your first, not our last, we could find a new willingness to learn and grow in already experienced areas of ourselves.”