IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named the Madness Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, College Sports Madness announced Monday.
Gustafson averaged 24.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and shot 61.9 percent from the field and 1.000 from the free throw line (22-for-22) to lead Iowa to a pair of wins against Wisconsin and No. 21/19 Michigan last week.
The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native netted 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds 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 in the contest. She registered 13 points and nine rebounds in the second half to secure the victory for the Hawkeyes.
Three days later, Gustafson registered 27 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high six blocks to lead Iowa to a win over No. 19/21 Michigan. Gustafson shot 88.9 percent (8-for-9) from the field and a perfect 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).
Gustafson and the No. 18 Hawkeyes travel to Maryland on Thursday, Jan. 4. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m. (CT) in College Park, Maryland. The game will be televised on BTN.