Every game Iowa plays in the women’s NCAA tournament is potentially Megan Gustafson’s last as a Hawkeye. Monday night’s challenge is top overall seed Baylor (34-1) in the Greensboro, N.C., regional final.
Iowa, with a program record-tying 29 victories, is in the Elite Eight for only the fourth time. The last time was in 1993, when the Hawkeyes went to their only Final Four.
Gustafson, a 6-3 senior from Port Wing, Wis., will have her hands full with the Lady Bears’ twin towers: 6-4 Lauren Cox and 6-7 Kalani Brown.
“They’re a great couple of post players, and I just think their level of physicality — they’ve got a couple of inches on me and on Hannah [Stewart],” Gustafson said. “We’ve just got to be ready for that physical play.”
The Greensboro winner will face Oregon in the national semifinals.
Here’s more on Gustafson:
• Big Ten’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,450) and double-doubles (88) — men and women.
• Iowa’s all-time leader in scoring (2,781 points) — men and women.
• First in the nation in scoring (27.9) and field goal percentage (70.2) this season and second in rebounding (13.5).
• Her 978 points and 471 rebounds this season are Big Ten records. The previous marks were held by Gophers Rachel Banham (917 points, 2015-16) and Amanda Zahui B (426 rebounds, 2014-15). She needs 22 points to become the fourth Division I player to reach 1,000.
• Has 33 double-doubles this season, tied for the most in NCAA history.