TAMPA, Florida — The Associated Press women's college basketball player of the year is not playing in the NCAA Final Four.
But the winner, 6-3 center Megan Gustafson of Iowa, is the first player in Big Ten history to claim the honor.
It was announced Thursday at the site of the national semifinal games, which will take place Friday and pit Oregon against Baylor, and Notre Dame versus Connecticut.
Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu was the runner-up for the AP's top honor, which was decided by 28 voters.
Gustafson reportedly received 15 votes, while Ionescu got seven, Napheesa Collier of UConn three, Asia Durr of Louisville two and Teaira McCowan of Mississippi State one.
Gustafson and the Hawkeyes lost to Baylor in the Elite Eight 85-53 on Monday. She averaged 27.9 points per game to lead the nation in scoring, and she tied the NCAA record for double-doubles in a season with 33.
Baylor's Kim Mulkey was named AP Coach of the Year on Thursday. She won the award once previously (in 2012, when Baylor won its second of two national titles) and this year has guided the Bears to a 35-1 record and the No. 1 ranking. She got 17 of 28 votes.
Vic Schaefer of Mississippi State, which fell to Oregon in the Elite Eight, and Wes Moore of North Carolina State each received five votes. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder was selected on one ballot.
All voting was done before the NCAA Tournament.
AP women's college basketball players of the year
2019 — Megan Gustafson, Iowa
2018 — A'ja Wilson, South Carolina
2017 — Kelsey Plum, Washington
2016 — Brenna Stewart, Connecticut
2015 — Brenna Stewart, Connecticut
2014 — Brenna Stewart, Connecticut
2013 — Brittney Griner, Baylor
2012 — Brittney Griner, Baylor
2011 — Maya Moore, Connecticut
2010 — Tina Charles, Connecticut
2009 — Maya Moore, Connecticut
2008 — Candace Parker, Tennessee
2007 — Candace Parker, Tennessee
2006 — Seimone Augustus, LSU
2005 — Seimone Augustus, LSU
2004 — Alana Beard, Duke
2003 — Diana Taurasi, Connecticut
2002 — Sue Bird, Connecticut
2001 — Ruth Riley, Notre Dame
2000 — Tamika Catchings, Tennessee
1999 — Chaminque Holdsclaw, Tennessee
1998 — Chaminque Holdsclaw, Tennessee
1997 — Kara Wolters, Connecticut
1996 — Jennifer Rizzotti, Connecticut
1995 — Rebecca Lobo, Connecticut
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