USD's Duffy recognized for play

ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota sophomore guard Ciara Duffy has been named the Summit League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

Duffy earns her first career player of the week award after a career game against Denver. She notched her first career double-double with a career high 24 points and 10 rebounds. She made 10 of 12 field goals including three from downtown. Duffy added a pair of steals and a block in the game.

Since returning to the starting lineup four games ago, Duffy has averaged nearly 17 points and six boards while shooting at a 50 percent clip. On the season, Duffy is South Dakota’s second-leading scorer with 11.3 points, 5.4 boards and two assists per game.

Four Mustangs named All-Americans

SIOUX CITY | Morningside College had four players named to the Victory Sports Network All-American team.

Junior quarterback Trent Solsma, a second-team All-GPAC selection, earned All-American honors after throwing for 55 touchdowns and 4,406 yards.

Senior running back Bubba Jenkins was also named to the team after rushing for 2,160 yards and 28 touchdowns while junior wide receiver Connor Niles made the team. Niles had 1,449 yards and 18 TDs.

Senior linebacker Caden McDonald was the lone defensive selection after racking up 102 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and five interceptions.

Gustafson earns player of the week

IOWA CITY -- University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named Big Ten Player of the Week. The weekly award is the 14th of her career.

Gustafson has earned conference recognition in each of the first eight weeks of the season, including five Player of the Week awards. She is one away from tying Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender for the most Player of the Week awards in a single season (6, 2010-11).

Gustafson is one of five Big Ten student-athletes to garner five Player of the Week awards in a single season. The list includes Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota, 2001-02), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State, 2002-03, 2003-04), Jessica Davenport (Ohio State, 2004-05, 2006-07), and Jantel Lavender (Ohio State, 2008-09).

Gustafson averaged 24.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and shot 61.9 percent from the field and 1.000 from the free throw line (22-for-22) to lead Iowa to a pair of wins against Wisconsin and No. 21/19 Michigan last week.

Nebraska's Gates headed to NFL

LINCOLN — Offensive lineman Nick Gates has announced he will forfeit his final year of eligibility at Nebraska and declare for the NFL draft.

Gates tweeted Tuesday he spoke to family, friends and coaches before making his decision. He thanked former head coach Mike Riley and former offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh for putting him in position to "pursue my dreams."

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Gates started every game at left tackle the past two seasons.

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