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Port Wing native, Iowa F Gustafson named Big Ten player of the year

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Port Wing, Wis. native and Iowa junior forward has been named the Big Ten women's basketball player of the year, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

Gustafson, who was also a unanimous all-conference first team selection, is averaging 27.7 points and 13.1 rebounds in 16 conference games this season. She scored 20 or more points in 15 of those 16 games, and she grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 14.

She's the first Iowa player to win player of the year honors since 1998 and fifth overall, but she's the only one to do it 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."

Gustafson this year has broken single-season program records for points (734), rebounds (370), and double-doubles (26). She also broke the program's all-time record for double-doubles with 53.

Iowa is (23-6) overall this season and will start the Big Ten postseason tournament on Thursday.

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