Iowa Women's Hoops Ranked #12, Megan Gustafson Wins More Big Ten Awards

By RossWB on November 20, 2018 at 9:00 am
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The men aren't the only Iowa basketball team ranked in the Top 25 this week -- the Iowa women are as well, as they've been all season. After lopsided blowouts of Western Kentucky and North Carolina Central last week, Iowa has edged up in the new AP Poll, from #13 to #12. That #12 ranking is some rarefied air for Bluder's Bunch: 

The last time Iowa was ranked this high was back in 1997, when they reached as high as #11 in the poll. Iowa has had some good teams under Bluder, but this team looks like it could be a very special one and their lofty early season ranking attests to that. Iowa will get a test as early as this week, though -- their next opponent, West Virginia, is ranked #25 in the new AP poll. 

This marks the first time that both Iowa men's and women's hoops have been ranked in the Top 25 at the same time in almost four years: 

Hopefully this isn't the last time we get to say that for a while and Fran's forces and Bluder's bunch can keep the wins rolling in this season. 

Speaking of things rolling in this season... surprise! Megan Gustafson won another Big Ten Player of the Week award! 

It's already her second Big Ten Player of the Week award, meaning that she's 2/2 in claiming POTW awards so far this season. It's also the 12th Big Ten Player of the Week award that she's received in her career so far; she received a Big Ten record nine POTW awards last season. At some point they might just want to consider re-naming it The Megan Gustafson Award just to make things a bit easier. 

As brilliant as she's been for Iowa over the last few seasons, though, she hit some stunning new heights last week. Against Western Kentucky she scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds -- and set a Big Ten record by going a perfect 13-for-13 from the field. Overall she averaged 24.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg for Iowa last week, while shooting a stupefying 84.6% from the field. Like I said, even by her admittedly lofty standards, that was a pretty absurd week. 

Congratulations to Iowa on the #12 ranking and to Gustafson on yet another richly deserved individual honor. 

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