Karly Gustafson earns all-tournament honors as Dordt finishes runners-up in NAIA women's basketball
The Ethan product was a standout in her junior season for the Defenders this season, averaging 12.6 points per game as Dordt went 29-9 and made a run to the NAIA title game
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Former Ethan High School girls basketball standout Karly Gustafson and the Dordt Defenders, finished as the runners-up in the NAIA womens basketball tournament after falling 77-65 in the championship game to Thomas More (Ky.) on Tuesday.
Gustafson led the Defenders in the championship game, finishing with 23 points on an efficient 10-for-19 shooting performance. She also led the team with eight rebounds along with shooting 3-for-5 from the free-throw line.
For her efforts in Sioux City, the 5-foot-11 junior was named to the all-tournament team, along with teammate Ashtyn Veerbeek. She also was awarded the tournament's Hustle Award, averaging 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 55.5% from the field in six tournament games, which included four double-doubles.
The Ethan product was a standout in her junior season for the Defenders this season, averaging 12.6 points per game as Dordt went 29-9 and made a run to the NAIA title game. She finished the season with 287 total rebounds and 115 offensive rebounds, which both ranked in the top-30 nationally in the NAIA.
Gustafson was a four-time all-state selection in Class B and was the
Mitchell Republic player of the year in 2018-19
, after averaging 19.4 points, eight rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in her senior year at Ethan.