Gustafson named Big Ten Player of the Year

by Frankie Norman March 4, 2018, 3:53
Gustafson named Big Ten Player of the Year

It also tops Kelsey Mitchell's Big Ten Tournament record of 43 points and shatters Iowa's Big Ten Tournament record of 28 points by Tangela Smith in 1998.

Her school and event record 48 points weren't enough to carry the Hawkeyes, who fell 90-89 to rival Minnesota.

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MI (25-7) will now face No. 4-seeded Nebraska in the third round of the Big Ten Tournament.

"I'm so excited that we're in the semifinals. I think it's actually a good thing".

The final quarter was a one possession game for the entire 10 minutes.

There was no stopping Iowa's Megan Gustafson once she got the ball in the post.

The Hawkeyes (14-19) almost pulled off the upset, trailing MI 74-71 with 24 seconds to go, but forward Luke Garza missed a potential game-tying three.

Ollinger stole the inbounds pass and after a timeout, Doyle moved the ball down court quickly but the Hawkeyes were unable to the ball in Gustafson and Ollinger missed as time expired. Carlie Wagner (27 points) and Kenisha Bell (26) paced Minnesota (22-7).

Throughout the four quarters, Gustafson proved to be a huge problem for the Gophers. She scored 48 points, setting a Big Ten tournament and Iowa single-game record, shooting 19 of 26 from the field, setting a tournament single-game record for made field goals.

Minnesota did its best to protect the net, however Gustafson continually found it throughout the game.

Her Gophers teammates weren't going to tell Pitts, either. He has been one of the most productive players in college basketball during his two years at Iowa and could fancy his chances at the next level. It played strong defense on the Gopher possession.

"We came off a great first quarter, and we might have relaxed a little too much", said Gustafson, whose previous lowest scoring effort of the season was a 15-point opening-weekend game against Western Kentucky.

The Hawkeyes maintained 31-20 lead at halftime and carried a 41-29 lead into the fourth quarter before Northwestern rallied, pulling within 47-42 on a jumper by Lindsey Pulliam with 4 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in the game.

"We've beaten both of those teams, so that should give us confidence as well, " Bluder said.

After Friday afternoon's victory, Minnesota will take on Ohio State on Saturday. The Gophers then went on a 13-5 spurt to go up 25-17 at the end of the first quarter. Minnesota encountered the Buckeyes earlier in the regular season, falling to them 91-75. "Kathleen did a really good job of getting past her defender".


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