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Gustafson named Big Ten Player of the Year

Iowa Hawkeyes’ Megan Gustafson (10) puts up a shot during a game earlier this sesaon. (Brian Ray / hawkeyesports.com)

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University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year as voted on by the media.

The Port Wing native, and former South Shore Cardinal, was also named an unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media.

Gustafson is just the fifth Hawkeye in program history to be named Big Ten Player of the Year and the first to do so since 1998. She joins Michelle Edwards (1988), Franthea Price (1990), Toni Foster (1993), and Tangela Smith (1998).

Gustafson is the only Hawkeye to earn the award as a junior.

“This means a lot,” Gustafson said. “I’ve put in so much work the past three years at Iowa, but at the end of the day I’ve had amazing support here. My teammates, my coaches, and the support staff have all been amazing. I’m just really excited to keep this going.

“It’s exciting to be able to be compared to the greats that have come here. It’s a dream come true to play the sport that I love with the people I love. At the end of the day I just have to thank my teammates, my coaches, and my family.”

In 16 conference contests this season, Gustafson averaged 27.7 points (first in Big Ten), 13.1 rebounds (second), and shot a Big Ten-best 64.7 percent from the field. She also registered 20 or more points in 15 of Iowa’s 16 conference games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 14 times.

Gustafson, a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, ended the regular season ranked in the top-five nationally in eight statistical categories. She leads the nation in points per game (25.3), total points (734), and field goals made (285), and ranks second in field goal percentage (66.7) and double-doubles (26), third in rebounds (370), and fifth in rebounds per game (12.8) and defensive rebounds per game (9).

Gustafson has re-written the Iowa record books this season, breaking single-season records for points (734), rebounds (370), field goals made (285), free throws made (164), free throws attempted (204), and double-doubles (26). Gustafson also broke Iowa’s program record for double-doubles in a career (53).

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