DALLAS – After both had a strong week on WKU’s Florida swing, Raneem Elgedawy and
Meral Abdelgawad have been named the C-USA Player and Co-Freshman of the Week,
respectively, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
The weekly honor is Elgedawy’s first Player of the Week accolade and fifth of her
young career after also winning Freshman of the Week four times in 2017-18.
Abdelgawad has now been named the C-USA Freshman of the Week in three of the last
four weeks, and her three honors this season trail only the four won by Middle
Tennessee’s Taylor Sutton.
Elgedawy and Abdelgawad are the first WKU duo to sweep the Player and Freshman of
the Week awards since Tashia Brown and Elgedawy also accomplished the feat on Dec.
Elgedawy was a dominant force in the post in WKU’s road wins over FIU and Florida
Atlantic, averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the two victories. The
sophomore became Lady Topper Basketball’s first post player with back-to-back
25-point games since Chastity Gooch on Jan. 1 and 4, 2014, and tallied a career-best
28 points against the Panthers on Thursday afternoon.
On Saturday, the Alexandria, Egypt, native enjoyed one of the most dominant games of
her career, recording a double-double in the first half alone before finishing with
25 points and 16 rebounds, her third career game with 15 or more rebounds and also
her third double-double of the season. In conference play, Elgedawy is the only
player in the league who currently ranks in the top five in both scoring (19.8) and
rebounding (8.6) per game through five matchups.
Abdelgawad continued her recent strong run of games, stretching her double-digit
scoring streak to four games with 11 points at FIU and another 13 against Florida
Atlantic. The freshman did much of her damage in the second half of play, scoring 15
of her 24 points in the final 20 minutes of each game to help the Lady Toppers pull
The Cairo, Egypt, native leads all C-USA freshmen in both scoring and steals in
conference play and ranks second among all freshmen in field goal percentage.
With its first C-USA road trip of the season in the books, WKU will return to E.A.
Diddle Arena this week with a pair of matchups against Southern Miss (Thursday at 6
p.m.) and Louisiana Tech (Saturday at 2 p.m.). Thursday’s battle with the Golden
Eagles will be a rematch of the 2015 and 2017 C-USA Tournament title games, both won
by the Lady Toppers, and Saturday’s bout will see WKU go for its seventh straight
win in the series against the Lady Techsters.