(Monday, April 1; Sioux Center, Iowa) Karly Gustafson, a senior at Ethan High School (South Dakota), has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender basketball program.
Gustafson was named the 2018-19 South Dakota Class B and All-Class Player of the Year after averaging 19.4 points, eight rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Over the course of her career she had 1,877 career points and 770 career rebounds.
Gustafson was a first-team all-state pick in both 2018 and 2019 and was a second-team pick in 2016 and 2017. She earned CBH All-Conference honors four times and was named the 2019 Mitchell Daily Republic Player of the Year and was named to the KELO-Land First Five. Gustafson was named the Spirit of Su Award winner at the 2019 state tournament. She's been a part of one state champion team, two runners-up, one third-place and one fourth place finisher at the state tournament. In her five years of varsity play Ethan was a combined 117-12.
“Karly is going to have an immediate impact not only on our program but on Dordt’s community as a whole. Her humble spirit and competitive nature will impact our campus community and basketball program upon arrival! Karly was a decorated high school athlete, receiving both the Spirit of Su award and named the South Dakota Girls Basketball Player of the Year! We are thrilled to welcome Karly and her family to Defender Nation!” said Dordt women's basketball coach Bill Harmsen.
Karly is the daughter of Jeff and Janet Gustafson of Ethan, South Dakota. She plans to study Nursing at Dordt.
Dordt is in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).
U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.