Iowa women’s basketball center Megan Gustafson dropped 48 points in the Big Ten quarterfinals against Minnesota on Friday. The career performance increased her scoring average to 25.6 points — the highest mark in the nation. She also pulls down a conference-best 12.7 points per game.
Yet when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the five finalists for the LLeslie Award, given annually to the country’s best center, Gustafson did not make the list.
— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) March 2, 2018
As expected, the decision evoked widespread criticism.
Gustafson, who the media voted as the Big Ten Player of the Year, has led Iowa to a 24-win season and a top 5 finish in the Big Ten this year. In Charlie Creme’s latest Bracketology, the Hawkeyes are a No. 6 seed.
And while they suffered a 90-89 defeat to Minnesota in the conference tournament quarterfinals, Gustafson will continue to showcase her talents in the NCAA Tournament in a few weeks.