ST. LOUIS – Raneem Elgedawy has been selected as the US Basketball Writers’
Association (USBWA) National Freshman of the Week as announced by the organization
on Tuesday morning, the first such honor for a Lady Topper since the inception of
the weekly award in 2014-15.
As the C-USA Freshman of the Week, Elgedawy was nominated for the award, which was
chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women’s basketball. South
Florida’s Kitija Laksa was also named the USBWA National Player of the Week by
Elgedawy enjoyed one of her strongest weeks yet on The Hill, averaging 11.7 points
and 7.7 rebounds while picking up her second career double-double against Stetson on
Saturday. For the first time in her career, Elgedawy scored in double figures and
shot better than 50 percent from the floor in three consecutive games while
continuing to be a force on the offensive glass. Of the Alexandria, Egypt, native’s
nine offensive rebounds, seven turned into second-chance points for the Lady
Toppers, including four direct putbacks by Elgedawy herself.
Already a three-time C-USA Freshman of the Week winner, Elgedawy has matched the
program record in that category held by Tashia Brown, who also earned the weekly
honor three times during the 2014-15 campaign.
For the season, Elgedawy is averaging 9.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and has
started all 11 games for the Lady Toppers. Of WKU players with 10 or more field goal
attempts this season, Elgedawy’s .506 (42-of-83) mark from the floor ranks second
only to Ivy Brown, and her seven blocks are also good for the second-best total on
the squad. The freshman is one of only two Lady Toppers with multiple double-doubles
this season, earning hers against Evansville and Stetson.
Elgedawy and the Lady Toppers will be back in action for the final time before the
holiday break on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. (CT) for a critical non-conference
matchup at undefeated Ball State. The Cardinals are 10-0 entering Thursday night’s
clash, while the Lady Toppers are riding a seven-game winning streak into the
The US Basketball Writers’ Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA
Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the
most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected a women’s
All-America team since the 1996-97 season. For more information on the USBWA and its
award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
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