Megan Gustafson Sets B1G Record, Wins More Awards

By RossWB on February 6, 2018 at 5:39 pm
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Iowa picked up a pair of much-needed wins last week and, as usual, Megan Gustafson played a huge part in both wins. She averaged 30.5 points, 16.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in those wins, including a massive 36-point, 17-rebounds effort in an OT win over Michigan State. She had "just" 25 points and 15 rebounds in Iowa's win over Minnesota on Sunday. So it comes as very little surprise that Gustafson was once again named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her efforts: 

This is her stunning seventh B1G Player of the Week honor this season, which sets a new record. And since Iowa's season isn't done yet, she may not be done adding to her record haul of B1G Player of the Week awards, either. Gustafson's superb week also earned her recognition from College Sports Madness: 

Her stellar play all season has also earned her a spot on the latest Wooden Award watch list, which is down to 20 players: 

Gustafson should have little trouble making any and all future cuts for that award as well -- she should, very deservedly, be one of the top contenders for the award this year. She's leading the nation in total points (588) and field goals made (228) and second in points per game (24.5), field goal percentage (65.5), and rebounds (303). She's also fifth in rebounds per game (12.6) and second in double-doubles (22, one behind the leader). No one else in the country is so high in both points and rebounds per game. Her double-double prowess has also enabled her to set a new Iowa record (which she will likely put out of sight by the time her career is complete): 

Truly, a spectacular week for Gustafson, and you can check out a few highlights of her in action below: 

On a team note, Iowa's two wins over Michigan State and Minnesota weren't enough to get them back into the rankings. They received two votes from the AP and one from the Coaches Polls. They have a pretty healthy RPI of 23, though, and are still in ESPN's mock bracket, as a 9-seed against West Virginia in the 8/9 game. Notre Dame is the 1-seed in their region, so that's who they'd likely see if they beat WVU in this hypothetical scenario. Still, if Iowa can keep winning this season, they can likely move themselves off that 8/9 line and into some potentially friendlier match-ups. 

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