Letter to the Editor | A remarkable Big Ten career

Letter to the Editor | A remarkable Big Ten career

Hey, little girls, young women and fellow sportswomen/men, did you hear about the best basketball player in the Big Ten this year?

Megan Gustafson is from a small Wisconsin town and was recruited by the Iowa Hawkeyes. She averaged 27.8 points per game, leading the nation for the second straight year. She shot 69.7 percent from the field, setting an NCAA record with 412 field goals, and was the first non-guard to score 1,000 points in a season.

Megan averaged 13.4 rebounds per game and tied the NCAA record with 33 double-doubles.

ESPN featured her practicing the George Mikan drill using two basketballs instead of one. She made 40 baskets in 40 seconds. Impressive. The short list of her accomplishments include:

— Naismith National Player of the Year (first woman in BIG Ten history).

— 17th overall draft pick in the WNBA draft.

— USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year Award (first in Big Ten history).

— AP National Player of the Year (first woman in Big Ten history).

— espnW National Player of the Year.

— Senior Class Award winner.

— Lisa Leslie Top Center Award.

— John R. Wooden All-American Team.

— AP First Team All-American.

— espnW First Team All-American.

— WBCA First Team All-American.

— USBWA First Team All-American.

— Two-time Big Ten Player of the Year.

No, she isn't from the local area and she didn't play for Illinois, but she does deserve the kudos to a great Big Ten player.


St. Joseph