MIAMI – Dee Givens and Raneem Elgedawy both produced career-best scoring days and
WKU enjoyed another hot-shooting performance on Thursday afternoon inside the Ocean
Bank Convocation Center, downing FIU, 94-82, to remain perfect in C-USA action this
Givens’ seven three-pointers were tied for the second most in a single game in
school history, and the Lexington, Ky., native broke the 30-point barrier for the
first time in her career with 31 points. Of Givens’ 31 points, 15 came in a
scorching third quarter that saw her knock down five of her triples, including three
in a two-minute span for the Lady Toppers (10-8, 4-0 C-USA).
Elgedawy was also dominant in the post on Thursday afternoon, scoring a career-high
28 points and falling just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds. In two career
games against FIU, Elgedawy has averaged 20.5 points and 15.5 rebounds after posting
13 points and 23 boards last season.
Alexis Brewer (14) and Meral Abdelgawad (11) also reached double figures for the
Lady Toppers. As a team, WKU enjoyed its sharpest shooting of the season, knocking
down 38 of its 67 shots (56.7 percent), including a 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) mark
from beyond the arc.
FIU (3-15, 0-5 C-USA) had five players in double figures, led by Chelsea Guimaraes
with 16 points. Paris Netherly (13), Ce’Nara Skanes (12), Paula Orenes (10) and
Kylee O’Hara (10) also had strong games for the Panthers.
WKU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after a three-pointers from Givens and a pair of
free throws by Elgedawy, but the Panthers roared back by scoring six of the next
eight points to cut WKU’s advantage to just one point after Guimaraes’ layup with
7:32 on the clock.
Another run, this time 7-2 from the Panthers, gave FIU its first lead of the morning
on Orenes’ two shots from the charity stripe at the 4:23 mark. WKU quickly retook
the lead on Brewer’s jumper 20 seconds later, but neither side was able to take more
than a two-point edge for the remainder of the first quarter.
That trend continued into the second frame until Elgedawy stepped up with five
straight points, including the first three-pointer of her collegiate career, to push
the Lady Toppers to a 31-28 lead midway through the quarter. A three-minute scoring
drought hampered WKU, however, and allowed FIU to get out to a 39-35 edge with just
over two minutes remaining before the halftime break.
WKU refused to trail heading into halftime, though, and scored eight of the final 11
points of the half, including Sherry Porter’s layup with one second left that gave
the Lady Toppers a 43-42 halftime lead.
The third quarter finally saw WKU break away from FIU behind Givens’ hot shooting.
The redshirt junior tallied 15 points in the quarter on five three-pointers, and the
Lady Toppers poured in 34 points to outscore the Panthers by 17 and seize control of
the contest. Givens, who had an off-balance triple that fell just off the mark at
the buzzer, fell just shy of setting the record for points in a quarter by a single
Lady Topper since moving to the format in 2015-16.
In the final quarter, FIU was unable to close back within single digits of the Lady
Toppers, who cruised to their fifth straight win in the 94-82 decision.
WKU will close its first road trip of C-USA play on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
(CT) at Florida Atlantic. The Lady Toppers own eight straight wins over the Owls
dating back to a 71-60 win on Feb. 15, 2012, the program’s second-longest active
winning streak against a current C-USA member. Following that battle, WKU will be
back inside E.A. Diddle Arena next Thursday at 6 p.m. against Southern Miss for its
next home game.