IRVING, Texas – Following her breakout performance in WKU’s victory over Union
(Tenn.) on Saturday, Meral Abdelgawad has been named the C-USA Freshman of the Week
as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
The weekly award is the first of Abdelgawad’s young career on The Hill and the first
received by a Lady Topper this season. The Cairo, Egypt, native is WKU’s first
Freshman of the Week honoree since fellow Egyptian and reigning C-USA Freshman of
the Year Raneem Elgedawy earned the accolades on Jan. 22, 2018.
A starter in every game thus far during her freshman season, Abdelgawad caught fire
for a career-best 26 points against Union, currently the top-ranked team in both
Division II polls. The freshman missed only three combined shots from the field and
the free throw line, knocking down eight of her 10 field goal attempts and going
8-for-9 from the charity stripe.
Abdelgawad was instrumental in the closing minutes of Saturday’s game after Union
closed within three points early in the fourth quarter. She tallied six points in
the final seven minutes of action to help hold off the Lady Bulldogs’ charge and
secure the victory for the Lady Toppers.
The 26 points scored by Abdelgawad were the most scored by any Lady Topper in a
single game this season as well as the most by any freshman in C-USA. They were also
the most by any Lady Topper freshman in a game since Kendall Noble tallied 27 points
at Arkansas State on Feb. 5, 2014, as a redshirt freshman.
Abdelgawad and the Lady Toppers begin their C-USA campaign on Thursday evening at 6
p.m. inside E.A. Diddle Arena as WKU hosts Charlotte in the conference opener for