Gustafson Named Semifinalist for Naismith Defensive Player of the Year

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Megan Gustafson has been named one of 10 semifinalist for the 2019 Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff club announced Tuesday.
Gustafson is one of three Big Ten women’s basketball student-athletes on the top-10 list (Kenisha Bell – Minnesota, Ae’Rianna Harris – Purdue). The list will be narrowed to five finalists March 12.
The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native ranks in the top-four nationally in eight statistical categories. She leads the nation in field goal percentage (70.2), points per game (27.4), total points (713), and field goals made (295), ranks second in rebounds (341), defensive rebounds per game (10), and double-doubles (24), and ranks fourth in rebounds per game (13.1).
Gustafson and the No. 10/10 Hawkeyes return to action Thursday, traveling to Bloomington, Indiana, for a contest against the Hoosiers. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. (CT) on BTN.

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