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. It is her second College Sports Madness honor of the season (Jan. 1).
Gustafson averaged 30.5 points, 16.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in a pair of Big Ten wins last week. She netted 36 points on 14-of-19 shooting from the field and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead Iowa to an overtime win at Michigan State on Feb. 1. Gustafson recorded an offensive rebound, drew a foul, and sank two free throws with :08 seconds remaining in regulation to send Iowa to overtime against the Spartans. She scored four points and pulled down three rebounds in the overtime period, including two free throws to seal the victory for the Hawkeyes.
On Feb. 4, Gustafson scored 25 points, pulled down 15 rebounds, and registered two blocks in Iowa’s win over Minnesota. Gustafson scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half, including 12 straight points in the third quarter.
Gustafson is the only player in the country averaging 24 or more points and 12 or more rebounds per game. She currently ranks in the top-8 nationally in nine statistical categories. Gustafson leads the nation in field goals made (228) and total points (588), ranks second in double-doubles (22), points per game (24.5), field goal percentage (65.5), and rebounds (303), fifth in defensive rebounds per game (9) and rebounds per game (12.6), and eighth in free throws made (132).
Gustafson and the Hawkeyes return to action on Thursday, hosting Penn State at 7 p.m. (CT) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.