Megan Gustafson and the Hawkeyes open the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.
Although the Iowa women’s basketball team is finished in 2018, the accolades continue to roll in for Megan Gustafson.
The Hawkeyes standout was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press on Monday, further cementing her status among women’s basketball’s elite players.
She's the first Iowa women's player to achieve either first- or second-team AP All-America status, according to the school.
Monday’s announcement is the latest in a long list of awards. Previously, Gustafson has been named a first-team all-American by Sports Illustrated, a second-team all-American by USA Today and College Sports Madness and a third-team all-American by ESPNw. She was also recently named an all-region honoree by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Gustafson, who was the media’s Big Ten player of the year, averaged 25.7 points and 12.8 rebounds per game this season. She leads the nation in points per game, field-goal percentage (67.1) and field goals made (320). She also ranks second in double-doubles (28), third in total points (823), fourth in defensive rebounds per game (nine) and fifth in total rebounds (411) and rebounds per game (12.8).
Iowa finished 24-8 and was given a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes fell to Creighton in the opening round.
Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.