Conference Players Of The Week (Big 10/Big 12)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Anthony Nelson, Iowa

Jr., DE, Urbandale, Iowa/Waukee

  • Posted a career-high eight tackles along with two sacks and two tackles for loss in Iowa’s 31-28 victory over Nebraska
  • Also added a pass-breakup and a quarterback hurry in the win
  • His 9.5 sacks on the season are the most by a Hawkeye since Adrian Clayborn had 11.5 in 2009
  • Overall, the Hawkeyes have 34 sacks on the season, the team’s most since it also had 34 in 2003
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: A.J. Epenesa (Nov. 19, 2018)


Player of the Week  

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

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

  • Averaged 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game with an .800 field goal percentage last week as No. 12/14 Iowa defeated No. 25/20 West Virginia and dropped a narrow decision to Florida State at the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas
  • Posted a double-double in the win over WVU on Nov. 23, registering 28 points (12-17 FG) and 16 rebounds as the Hawkeyes set a Big Ten record by rallying from a 24-point first-half deficit to earn the victory
  • Added 16 points (8-8 FG) and eight rebounds against FSU on Nov. 24, logging her second perfect shooting game of the season (conference-record 13-for-13 at Western Kentucky on Nov. 13)
  • Chosen for Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017-18
  • Earns her 13th career Player of the Week award, breaking a tie with Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell for fourth-most in Big Ten history, and receives her third of the season
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Megan Gustafson (Nov. 19, 2018)


Dedric Lawson (Kansas) and Jaxson Hayes (Texas) picked up their second Big 12 men’s basketball weekly honors as Lawson claimed player of the week while Hayes earned the top newcomer.

Lawson was selected the Most Valuable Player of the NIT Season Tip-Off after posting two double-doubles in leading Kansas to the event title. He averaged 25 points and 12.5 rebounds in wins over Marquette and No. 5 Tennessee. In the title game against the Volunteers, the junior forward scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half and overtime.

Hayes averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds to earn recognition on the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team. In an upset over No. 7 North Carolina, he scored 15 points while connecting on all five of his field goal attempts and added nine rebounds. The freshman forward has reached double-figure scoring in 5-of-6 games and leads the team in blocks.