Gustafson wins three more awards


The awards keep rolling in for Iowa junior Megan Gustafson.

The Port Wing native has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the College Sports Madness Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week and the Ann Myers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

The Drysdale award was the first national honor of Gustafson's career.

The weekly Big 10 award is the 14th of Gustafson’s career. She has earned conference recognition in each of the first eight weeks of the season, including five player of the week awards. She is one away from tying Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender for the most player of the week awards in a single season (6, 2010-11).

Gustafson is one of five Big Ten student-athletes to garner five player of the week awards in a single season. The list includes Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota, 2001-02), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State, 2002-03, 2003-04), Jessica Davenport (Ohio State, 2004-05, 2006-07), and Jantel Lavender (Ohio State, 2008-09).

Gustafson averaged 24 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and shot 61.9 percent from the field and was 22-for-22 from the free-throw line to lead Iowa to wins over Wisconsin and Michigan last week.

She netted 21 points and grabbed 16 boards to guide Iowa to a 56-46 win at Wisconsin on Dec. 28. Gustafson was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. She registered 13 points and nine rebounds in the second half to secure the victory for the Hawkeyes.

On Dec. 31, Gustafson registered 27 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high six blocks in the win over Michigan. Gustafson shot 88.9 percent (8-for-9) from the field and 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. She netted 21 of her 27 points in the second half to secure Iowa’s first win over a ranked opponent since March 6, 2015 (No. 25 Nebraska).

Gustafson is currently ranked in the top-10 in the nation in eight categories. She leads the nation in double-doubles (14) and field goals made (133) and ranks second in field goal percentage (68.9), fourth in total points (337) and rebounds (187), seventh in points per game (22.5), eighth in rebounds per game (12.5), and ninth in defensive rebounds per game (8).

Iowa plays at Maryland at 5 p.m. Thursday. The game will be televised on BTN.