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Up North: Port Wing's Gustafson Shines in Front of 'Homecoming Crowd'

Updated: January 16, 2019 10:47 PM

Although she's from Wisconsin, for Port Wing native and Iowa women's basketball senior Megan Gustafson, playing in Minneapolis is probably the closest she'll get to playing near her hometown. When the Hawkeyes were playing the Golden Gophers in a ranked showdown in the Barn, you can bet that the town of Port Wing brought in reinforcements. In fact, they brought an entire bus load down of fans and over 20 of her family members were present to watch Gustafson and the Hawkeyes hand the Gophers their fourth straight loss.

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  "I live in San Diego and I'm here just for Megan and the Hawkeyes. They did awesome tonight," said Megan's aunt Chrissy Polkoski.

  The neon green signs held by her mom and two aunts couldn't be missed inside the Marn on Monday by fans as well as Gustafson who remembers them well.

"Those are from high school so they brought those out," Gustafson said laughing after the win.

As she put up 13 points in the first quarter, her family made sure those signs were held high.

"It's pretty special to have a lot of family and friends around. Especially since it's my last time being able to play so close to them, so I'm really thankful for my family and how they were able to support me tonight," she added.

After being held to just nine points in the second quarter, the Hawkeyes needed a second half surge. That was powered by none other than Gustafson who tallied 34 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. She also became the second woman in Big Ten women's basketball history to reach 70 career double-doubles, right in front of her hometown fans.

"We've watched her growing up play all these sports and it's just so much fun to see her at this level now," said Gustafson's aunt Francine Follis.

  "After having such a standout junior season, the biggest question for Gustafson heading into her final year was, how can she top it? Her biggest supporters believe her basketball career is no where near finished.

"It's been wonderful so far," said Gustafson's mom, Eva Gustafson about her daughter's final season with Iowa. "I hope they can continue as a team to get some wins. I'm excited," she added.

Iowa is back in action Thursday against Michigan. Tipp off is set for 7 P.M.

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