Gustafson named to Leslie Award list

IOWA CITY -- University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named a top-10 candidate for the 2018 Lisa Leslie Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced on Friday. The inaugural award recognizes the nation’s top center.

In 23 games this season, Gustafson is averaging 24.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks. The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native is shooting 66.6 percent from the field and 81.2 percent from the free throw line this season. In conference contests, Gustafson is averaging 27.4 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and shooting 63.1 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free throw line.

Gustafson is currently ranked in the top-seven nationally in eight statistical categories. She leads the nation in field goals made (207), ranks second in double-doubles (20) and field goal percentage (66.1), third in total points (527), fourth in points per game (24.0), sixth in defensive rebounds per game (8), and seventh in rebounds (271) and rebounds per game (12.3).

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