Lisa Bluder has coached plenty of talented players in her 19 seasons with the Iowa women's basketball team. But she says there will never be another Hawkeye like Megan Gustafson.
Gustafson rewrote the Iowa record books this past winter, becoming the program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder while piling up a mountain of conference and national accolades along the way. Despite facing double- and even triple-teams game after game, the forward from Port Wing, Wisconsin, capped a career that is unparalleled in Hawkeye history.
"This is a player who is very special," Bluder says. "We may never see in another lifetime a person who contributes as much to basketball success—male or female—at the University of Iowa."
With a spin move and bucket in the paint at Michigan State, Gustafson broke former teammate Ally Disterhoft's (17BBA) all-time scoring mark of 2,102 points set just two years ago. And earlier in the season, Gustafson collected 16 boards in a win over Iowa State to shatter the program's career rebounding record of 1,080 set by Cindy Haugejorde (84BS) in 1980.
Even the great Roy Marble (91BA), whose 2,116 points have topped the men's record books since 1989, now stands second to Gustafson's productivity. "I'm just really proud to be able to wear an Iowa uniform," says Gustafson. "I know my time here is winding down, but I love every single day to be able to go out to play in Carver- Hawkeye Arena."
When Megan Gustafson broke the UI career scoring record this past season, she eclipsed a number of Hawkeye legends. Here are the top five scorers in Iowa women's hoops history: