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Iowa’s Gustafson selected by Dallas in the WNBA Draft


This news story was published on April 11, 2019.
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NEW YORK CITY University of Iowa senior Megan Gustafson was selected by the Dallas Wings with the 17th overall pick in the WNBA Draft on Wednesday evening in New York City.

Gustafson is the 13th Hawkeye drafted into the WNBA and the first since Sam Logic was the 10th overall pick in 2015.

“It was so exciting,” Gustafson said. “To be there with my mom, dad, and Coach Bluder at the table and my sister and other coaches in the audience when my name was called was amazing. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

“Dallas is getting a player who is going to work hard for them every single day, someone who loves the game of basketball, and someone who never gives up.”

A native of Port Wing, Wisconsin, Gustafson ended her collegiate career as the most decorated Hawkeye in program history. She owns 16 Iowa records, including career marks for points (2,804) and rebounds (1,460).

In 2018-19, the 6-3 center became just the fourth Division I female student-athlete and the only post player to eclipse 1,000 points in a single season. She is the only women’s player in Division I history to average 27.8 or more points, 13.3 or more rebounds, and shoot 69.6 percent or better from the field.

Gustafson, the first consensus national player of the year in Big Ten history, registered 33 double-doubles during her senior campaign, tying an NCAA record. Her 88 career double-doubles rank fourth all-time, her 65.7 career field goal percentage ranks fifth nationally, and her 1,459 career rebounds ranks 14th. The field goal percentage and rebounds are also Big Ten Conference records.

“I’m so proud of her,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “I’m proud of what she has accomplished and all that she will accomplish. She’s going to do really well.

“Dallas is a great team that is going to get a really good player that can play the four and the five. I think people are worried that Megan won’t be able to take her game away from the hoop. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s going to be able to do that.

“Everything that I have ever given Megan to work on, she has tackled and thrived at taking on a challenge. I know she is going to do that at the next level.”

Gustafson is chronicling her path from the end of her college her career to the start of her WNBA career through an AP Draft Diary. To follow along, click here.

IOWA HAWKEYES DRAFTED INTO THE WNBA

Year         Name                            Team                   Round (Overall Selection)

2019         Megan Gustafson      Dallas                 (second, 17)

2015         Sam Logic                     Atlanta                 (first, 10)

2011         Kachine Alexander       Minnesota          (third round, 26)

2006         Crystal Smith                Phoenix                (third, 32)

2002         Lindsey Meder              Minnesota           (third, 38)

2001         Cara Consuegra            Utah                     (fourth, 56)

1999         Amy Herrig                   Sacramento         (fourth, 38)

1998         Tangela Smith               Sacramento         (second, 12)

1998         Nadine Damond           New York             (second, 19)

1998         Angela Hamblin            Washington         (third, 23)

1997         Toni Foster                    Phoenix                (first, 8)

1997         Tia Jackson                    Phoenix                (second, 9)

1997         Michelle Edwards         Cleveland             (player allocation)

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