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More honors for Gustafson

The awards keep piling up for University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson.

The Port Wing native and former South Shore Cardinal has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the eighth time this season — a Big Ten single season record.

Gustafson, who has been recognized by the conference in 13 of the first 14 weeks of the season, averaged 29 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and shot 74.2 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the free-throw line in a pair of Big Ten wins last week.

She led all scorers with 33 points on 13-of-19 shooting in Iowa’s win over Penn State on Feb. 9. Gustafson also grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out a career-high seven assists against the Lady Lions. She registered 10 points and four rebounds in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Hawkeyes.

On Feb. 11, Gustafson netted a game-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting in Iowa’s win over Northwestern. She grabbed 16 rebounds in the contest to register her 24th double-double of the season.

Gustafson was also named the  Madness Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second straight week.

College Sports Madness identifies the players who have had the greatest impact to their team from each conference and on a national basis each week. It is Gustafson’s third College Sports Madness honor of the season.

Gustafson is the only player in the nation averaging 24 or more points and 12 or more rebounds per game. She is ranked in the top-8 nationally in nine statistical categories.  She also leads the nation in points per game (24.8), total points (646), and field goals made (251), ranks second in double doubles (24), third in rebounds (333) and field goal percentage (66.2), fifth in rebounds per game (12.8) and defensive rebounds per game (9), and eighth in free throws made (144).

Gustafson and the Hawkeyes host Wisconsin at 2 p.m. Sunday.