Ally Disterhoft and Megan Gustafson both received honors as first-team all-Big Ten for their performances during the 2016-17 season. Gustafson received first-team honors from both the coaches and the media, while Disterhoft was named first-team by the coaches and second-team by the media. Kathleen Doyle was also added to the all-freshman team this season.
Disterhoft was finally able to break through to first-team honors after being chosen as a second-team all-Big Ten performer in the previous two seasons. Disterhoft was second on the Hawkeyes in scoring and and rebounding, averaging 16.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg. These numbers were also good enough to put her at 12th and 20th in the conference, respectively, as she improved her all-around game during her senior season.
Megan Gustafson proved to be one of the more dominant players in the Big Ten during what is only her sophomore year for the Hawkeyes. Gustafson averaged a double-double per game, leading Iowa with 18 ppg and 10 rpg this season. She accomplished the impressive feat of scoring in double figures in each of her games this season and proved difficult for anyone to stop all season long.
She finished the regular season 11th in the Big Ten in scoring and 3rd in rebounding, while also ending 2nd in the league in FG% at 63.5%.
True freshman guard Kathleen Doyle also made her mark this season on her way to all-freshman honors. An important piece for the Hawkeyes throughout the season, Doyle started 24 of Iowa’s 29 games and became an even more integral piece after Tania Davis was lost for the year to a torn ACL.
The freshman ended the regular season averaging 8.9 points per contest while also leading the Hawks with 4.2 assists per game. Her almost 2:1 assist to turnover ratio also was the best on the team and quite impressive for a freshman as she proved to be a capable facilitator all season long.
All three women were obviously very important to the success that the Hawkeyes have had in their quest to make it back to the NCAA tournament after a one year hiatus. The Hawks (17-12, 8-8) will take on Northwestern in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on March 2nd at 11am. The game will be televised by BTN.
Once again, congratulations to these ladies on their hard work and success during the 2016-17 campaign, and good luck against the Wildcats!