Gustafson tabbed ESPNW National Player of the Year
Hawkeyesports.com IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fresh off being named the ESPNW National Player of the Year, University of Iowa women's basketball senior Megan Gustafson has been named one of five finalists for the 2019 Lisa Leslie Award, the Naismith Memor...
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Fresh off being named the ESPNW National Player of the Year, University of Iowa women's basketball senior Megan Gustafson has been named one of five finalists for the 2019 Lisa Leslie Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Friday, March 15.
Named after the three-time All-American and 1994 National Player of the Year, the annual Lisa Leslie award recognizes the top centers in women's NCAA Division I college basketball.
Gustafson, also a unanimous first-team All-American by ESPNW, leads the country in field goal percentage (69.6), points per game (28.0), total points (897), and field goals made (369), ranks second in double-doubles (30) and defensive rebounds per game (10.0), third in total rebounds (424), and fourth in rebounds per game (13.3).
A native of Port Wing, Gustafson is the only Hawkeye in program history to win the Big Ten Conference's Player of the Year award twice. She is the ninth two-time Big Ten Player of the Year in conference history.
The winner of the 2019 Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Award is determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame's selection committee. Fans can vote at www.HoophallAwards.com from March 15-29.
The winner of the award will be revealed during the WBCA Coaches' All-America/Naismith Starting 5 Presentation on April 4 at the Women's Final Four in Tampa, Florida.
Honors and awards
- First-team all-America (ESPN)
- Unanimous first-team all-Big Ten (coaches and media)
- Big Ten player of the year (coaches and media)
- Big Ten tournament MVP
- 13-time Big Ten Player of the Week
- Iowa records
- Points in a game - 48, March 2, 2018 (vs. Minnesota)
- Points in a season - 897, 2018-19
- Points in a career - 2,700, 2015-19
- Rebounds in a season - 424, 2018-19
- Rebounds in a career - 1,403, 2015-19
- Double-doubles in a season - 30, 2018-19
- Double-doubles in a career - 85, 2015-19
- DI season ranks
- Scoring - No. 1, 28.0 points per game
- Points - No. 1, 897
- Field-goal percentage - No. 1, .696
- Field goals made - No. 1, 369
- Double-doubles - No. 2, 30
- Rebounds - No. 3, 424
- Rebounds per game - No. 4, 13.3 per game
- DI all-time ranks
- Double-doubles - No. 4, 85
- Field-goal percentage - No. 5, .655 (1,093-1,669)
- Rebounds - No. 20, 1,403
- Points - No. 33, 2,700