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Gustafson, Carleton on USBWA teams

The postseason accolades continue to roll in for a pair of the state’s prized women’s basketball players, as Iowa’s Megan Gustafson and Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton were selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s All-American basketball teams.

Gustafson, a senior center, is one of five first-team selections — the fourth such selection in program history at the University of Iowa. Gustafson, who was a second-team choice last season, is in the running for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, given annually to the nation’s top player. The winner will be announced Friday at the Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fla.

Gustafson ended her career with 2,804 points and 1,460 rebounds, tops in program history. During Monday’s NCAA Tournament loss to top-seeded Baylor, Gustafson became just the fourth player in NCAA history to score 1,000 points in a single season. She leads the nation in scoring average (27.8), field-goal percentage (69.6), total points (1,001), field goals made (412) and double-doubles (33), while ranking third in rebounds per game (13.4) and total rebounds (481).

Carleton, a senior forward at Iowa State, was named to the USBWA third team. She ended her career just eight points shy of breaking the school’s all-time scoring record. Carleton totaled 2,142 points and also ranks in the top-five in ISU history in career field goals (713), steals (211), blocked shots (124) and 3-pointers made (255).

Carleton is just the second Cyclone to earn USBWA All-America honors, joining the school’s all-time leading scorer Angie Welle (2001).

2018-19 USBWA All-America Team

First Team

Napheesa Collier, UConn

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Second Team

Kristine Anigwe, California

Kalani Brown, Baylor

Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M

Asia Durr, Louisville

Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn

Third Team

Bridget Carleton, Iowa State

Kaila Charles, Maryland

Lauren Cox, Baylor

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Alanna Smith, Stanford