SPORTS SHORTS: ISU keeps five alive in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. — The Iowa State wrestling team still has five wrestlers alive at the Big 12 Championships.
Redshirt freshmen Ian Parker at 141 pounds and Jarrett Degen at 149, redshirt sophomore Chase Straw at 157, redshirt junior Marcus Harrington at 285 and redshirt senior Dane Pestano at 184 will all continue their tournament run for a shot at automatically qualifying for an NCAA Championships bid today.
The Cyclones finished the day in ninth in the team race with 34 team points. Oklahoma State is the over-night leader with 106.5 points.
Northern Iowa still has three wrestlers hanging around in the Big 12 Championships, with top seeds Max Thomsen at 149, Taylor Lujan at 174 and Drew Foster at 184 will compete for the Panthers in the championship rounds today starting at 6 p.m.
Jay Schwarm at 125 joins the trio in securing bids to the national tournament. It will be the second trip for the three in contention for a title and Schwarm’s first crack at the championships. UNI currently sits in second with 78 points, behind Oklahoma State and ahead of South Dakota State in third by 6.5 points.
Gustafson named a Wooden finalist
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named to the 2018 National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, the committee announced on Saturday.
In 31 games this season, Gustafson is averaging 25.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game while shooting 66.8 percent from the floor. She broke a Big Ten Tournament and Hawkeye single-game record with 48 points against Minnesota in their quarterfinal loss to the Gophers.
Gustafson is the only player in the country averaging 25 or more points and 12 or more rebounds per game. She currently ranks in the top-5 nationally in eight statistical categories.
Voting will take place from March 13 to March 20. Voters take into consideration a player’s entire season of play as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Woodward, Lohaus on all-bench team
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Drake men’s basketball had two players named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference specialty teams this week, as redshirt senior Graham Woodward and junior Nick McGlynn were name to the all-bench team and most-improved team respectively.
Woodward has shown great efficiency off the bench for the Bulldogs, appearing in all 31 games this season and averaging 9.1 points per game. He is shooting nearly 39 percent from 3-point range and has totaled 50 assists and 22 steals this year. He also recently moved into the top-10 in career 3-pointers for Drake.
McGlynn started all 31 games this season, averaging 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. He has scored in the double digits 20 times and recorded five double-doubles while leading the MVC in blocks during conference play. McGlynn, who averaged just 4.9 points per game a year ago, closed out regular-season play shooting 52 percent from the floor.
Northern Iowa’s Wyatt Lohaus also earned a specialty honor, as he was picked for the MVC all-bench team. Lohaus comes in at nine points per game this season off the bench for the Panthers, and he is No. 1 in the MVC in scoring by players who have not started a game.
Lohaus has a team-best 32 3-pointers in MVC play, and he has recorded 10 double-figure games this season, including a career-high 25 points against Bradley.