Gustafson leads Iowa past Illinois
Megan Gustafson earned her ninth double-double of the season Wednesday in the Iowa Hawkeyes’ 78-58 victory over Illinois.
The former South Shore Cardinal recorded a game-high 20 points and 15 rebounds. She made 8-of-13 shots from the field to bring her season shooting percentage to 66.5 percent.
“You look at it and you think, 20 and 15, that’s amazing. Fifteen rebounds is an incredible number,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said in a postgame press conference. “Megan’s playing well for us, shooting the ball well, nothing fazes her. She just kind of keeps even, nothing’s too high, nothing’s too low, and she just competes hard all the time.”
Gustafson scored her 300th point of the season during the game and is averaging 17.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for Iowa this season — both team highs.
The sophomore was named Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week in November and has made the Player of the Week Honor Roll on two other occasions. She was also honored by the University of Iowa Student-Athlete Academic Services as the female student-athlete of the month in December.
The Hawkeyes (11-6, 2-2) return to action Saturday with a home game against No. 3 Maryland (16-1, 4-0). Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
The UW-Green Bay women’s basketball team improved to 14-2 overall and 5-0 in the Horizon League with a 60-55 win over Detroit Mercy Wednesday night.
Jessica Lindstrom continued what could be a record-setting season on the boards for Green Bay with 13 rebounds.
So far this season, the junior has 165 rebounds in 16 games. At her current pace, she will top 300 rebounds for the season and could challenge the school’s all-time record.
Jeanne Barta is the current record holder with 345 rebounds during the 1984-85 season.
The record since the Phoenix moved to Division I is 328 rebounds. Julie Wojta (2011-12) and Kim Wood (1992-93) both reached that mark.
Lindstrom, a former Superior Spartan, is averaging 10.3 rebounds and 10.8 points per game for Green Bay this season.
The Phoenix host Oakland at 7 p.m. today and Valparaiso at 7 p.m. Tuesday.