One more award for the road? I don't see why not. Megan Gustafson has already racked up a staggering (and thoroughly well-deserved) collection of individual honors and awards during her brilliant career at Iowa, and particularly during her superlative-defying senior season. She was named Big Ten Player of the Year. And ESPNW National Player of the Year. She won AP Player of the Year, the Lisa Leslie Award, the 2019 Senior CLASS Award, and a host of All-America honors. Then she won the Naismith Award. Iowa announced plans to retire her jersey.
And today she was named the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year:
BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE YEAR! @GustafsonMeg10 becomes the first Hawkeye to be named the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year since 1994 (Kristy Gleason). #Hawkeyes #FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/Ye6RldNGP8— Iowa Women's BBall (@IowaWBB) July 3, 2019
Per the Big Ten, Gustafson became the first Big Ten student to be named consensus national player of the year after winning player of the year honors from the Associated Press, ESPN, Naismith, and United States Basketball Writers Association. She's the first woman from Iowa to win this honor since Kristy Gleason, a field hockey star, was honored in 1994. She's the eighth female basketball player to receive the award.
The most decorated student in @IowaWBB history, Megan Gustafson led her team to a Big Ten Tournament title this season, collecting Big Ten Medal of Honor and @SnrCLASSAward accolades. Learn more about her historic career: https://t.co/tuZgef7oDK— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) July 3, 2019
One more collection of highlights from Iowa's women's basketball G.O.A.T.? Sure:
In case you're wondering, Penn State wrestler Bo Nickal was named the Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year, the fifth time in the last six years that a wrestler has won the honor (after Kyle Snyder (x2), Logan Stieber, and David Taylor). Big Ten: officially a wrestling conference. The last Iowa athlete to win Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year honors was Brent Metcalf in 2008.
But this is all about Gustafson, who put the finishing touches on one of the greatest careers in the history of Iowa sports this year. She's wonderfully deserving of this award and we can think of no better representative for the University of Iowa or the Big Ten than her. It was a privilege to watch Gustafson play basketball for the last four years. Thanks once again for the fantastic memories, Megan.