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Hawkeyes’ Megan Gustafson and Terrapins’ Shakira Austin are first weekly honorees of the 2018-19 season

Player of the Week

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

F/C – Sr. – Port Wing, Wis. – South Shore

Opened the 2018-19 season with a double-double (23 points/17 rebounds), along with six assists and four blocks, as No. 13/17 Iowa defeated Oral Roberts on Nov. 9

Finished two rebounds and one assist away from her career highs in those categories

Led the Hawkeyes in points (converting 11-of-18 shots from the field), rebounds, assists and blocks in the victory

Received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017-18

Earns her 11th career Player of the Week award and first of the season

Last Iowa Player of the Week: Megan Gustafson (Feb. 26, 2018)

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Hallie Thome, Sr., C, MICH: Posted a double-double in Michigan’s season-opening win against Mount St. Mary’s on Nov. 9, finishing with 25 points (9-14 FG) and 10 rebounds, plus three steals

Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Sr., F, NU: Averaged 14.0 points and 15.5 rebounds per game with a pair of double-doubles last week as Northwestern prevailed at Green Bay and toppled No. 21/20 Duke in the Wildcats’ home opener at renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena

Marsha Howard, Sr., F, WIS: Registered game highs of 18 points (9-14 FG) and 14 rebounds in 22 minutes to help the Badgers to a season-opening victory over Winthrop on Nov. 8

Freshman of the Week

Shakira Austin, Maryland

F – Fredricksburg, Va. – Riverdale Baptist

Averaged 13.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 2.0 steals per game last week as No. 9/10 Maryland began its season with home wins against Coppin State and Dayton

Collected 12 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks in her collegiate debut on Nov. 9 vs. Coppin State — her 21 rebounds were the most by a Maryland student since Jan. 19, 2012, when Tianna Hawkins grabbed a school-record 24 rebounds vs. Wake Forest, while her seven blocks were one off the school record

Added 14 points, six rebounds and three steals in Sunday’s victory over Dayton

Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor

Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Kaila Charles (Jan. 23, 2017)