Hawkeyes Announce Award Winners

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa women’s basketball student-athletes, staff, and supporters gathered to celebrate the 2016-17 season at the annual team banquet at Celebration Farm on April 7.

Sophomore Megan Gustafson took home the Field Goal Percentage Leader and Best Rebounder awards. The first team All-Big Ten selection averaged 18.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season. Her 64.7 field goal percentage ranked second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally. She ended the season ranked in the NCAA top-30 in seven categories, including field goal percentage (5th; 64.7), double-doubles (10th; 18), field goals made (11th; 260), rebounds (11th; 343), rebounds per game (11th; 10.1), defensive rebounds per game (26th; 7), and final points (28th; 628).

Tania Davis was presented with the Free Throw Percentage Leader award. The sophomore led the Hawkeyes, shooting 87.8 percent from the free throw line. She averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 30.4 minutes per game in the first 23 games of the season before being sidelined with a knee injury. Davis dished out five or more assists in nine games and scored in double figures in 14 of her 23 contests.

Freshman Kathleen Doyle was named Iowa’s Assist Leader. The LaGrange Park, Illinois, native averaged 4.4 assists per game. Doyle’s 148 assists on the season broke a program record for assists in a freshman campaign. She bested Sam Logic’s previous record of 136 set in 2012. Doyle also broke the record for steals in a freshman season, tallying 71 to best the previous record of 57 set by Johanna Solverson in 2003. Doyle’s 70.1 free throw percentage and 2.1 steals per game led all Big Ten freshmen this season.

Doyle also shared the Best Defense award with freshman teammate Bre Cera. Cera appeared in 31 games with 18 starts in her freshman campaign. She led the team in 3-point shooting percentage (37.5) and registered 65 rebounds, including 25 offensive boards.

Hannah Stewart was named Most Improved. The sophomore played in all 34 games and scored in double digits six times. She recorded her best season as a Hawkeye, compiling 167 points, 94 rebounds, 17 blocks, and 14 assists in her sophomore campaign.

Freshman Alexis Sevillian was presented with the Coaches Award, whiles seniors Alexa Kastanek and Hailey Schneden were each presented with the Community Service Award. Sevillian brought energy and enthusiasm to each and every practice during her redshirt year. The duo logged countless hours serving the local community this year.

The Hawkeyes finished the season with a 20-14 record. Iowa made its 10th straight postseason appearance and advanced to the Elite Eight of the WNIT.