SPORTS SHORTS: Gustafson is B1G Player of the Year
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named the Big Ten Conference women’s basketball Player of the Year as voted on by the media, the conference office announced on the Big Ten Network.
Gustafson was also named a unanimous first-team all-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media. Sophomore Kathleen Doyle earned second-team all-Big Ten honors from the coaches and honorable mention accolades from the media – the first all-Big Ten honor of her career.
Gustafson is just the fifth Hawkeye in program history to be named Big Ten Player of the Year and the first to do so since 1998. She joins Michelle Edwards (1988), Franthea Price (1990), Toni Foster (1993), and Tangela Smith (1998). Gustafson is the only Hawkeye to earn the award as a junior.
“This means a lot,” Gustafson said. “I’ve put in so much work the past three years at Iowa, but at the end of the day I’ve had amazing support here. My teammates, my coaches, and the support staff have all been amazing. I’m just really excited to keep this going.”
In 16 conference contests this season, Gustafson averaged 27.7 points (first in B1G), 13.1 rebounds (second), and shot a Big Ten-best 64.7 percent from the field.
Doyle earns the first all-conference honor of her career after being named to the Big Ten freshman team last season. In 16 conference games, Doyle averaged 12.6 points, a Big Ten-best 7.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
Honorable mention for Bohannon, Cook
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa men’s basketball sophomores Jordan Bohannon (media) and Tyler Cook (media and coaches) were named honorable mention all-Big Ten, the conference announced Monday.
Bohannon ranks second in the Big Ten in assists per game (5.35) and free-throw accuracy (.890), tied for first in 3-pointers made (2.8), eighth in 3-point percentage (.429), and ties for 21st in scoring average (13.2).
Cook ranks seventh in the Big Ten in double-doubles (7), eighth in field-goal percentage (.663), 11th in rebounding (6.9) and 12th in scoring average (15.3).
Wigginton named Big 12 Co-Newcomer
AMES — Iowa State freshman Lindell Wigginton was named Big 12 men’s basketball Co-Newcomer of the Week after averaging 21.5 points for the Cyclones last week. It is his third honor this season.
Wigginton scored 29 points at West Virginia Saturday and averaged 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists to go along with his 21.5 points. He connected on four 3-pointers to set the ISU freshman record with 62 treys made this season.
MVC picks Hittner for weekly honor
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Drake University women’s basketball sophomore Becca Hittner has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, the MVC office announced Monday.
This is the second MVC Player of the Week honor in Hittner’s career.
Hittner averaged 19 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game to help Drake defeat Bradley and Illinois State to lock up the Bulldogs’ second consecutive outright MVC regular-season title.