LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Raneem Elgedawy turned in a double-double of 17 points and 21
rebounds and WKU outscored Little Rock 26-18 in the final quarter of play as the
Lady Toppers picked up their first true road win of the season in a 68-56 decision
inside the Jack Stephens Center.
The Lady Toppers (4-6) earned their second straight win, taking down their former
Sun Belt rival Little Rock (2-5), which dropped its fifth straight game.
Elgedawy had her second career 20-rebound game, pulling down 21 boards in just 33
minutes of action. The sophomore also picked up her second double-double of the
year, adding 17 points. Dee Givens poured in 22 points of her own, her sixth
20-point effort of the season, and Alexis Brewer, who returned to the starting
lineup after missing Wednesday’s game against Morgan State, scored 16 points.
Free throws proved to be the difference down the stretch for the Lady Toppers, who
connected on 25 of their 29 (86.2 percent) attempts from the charity stripe.
Kyra Collier led the Trojans with 22 points and was joined in double figures by
Ronjanae DeGray (10).
Little Rock jumped in front over the opening six minutes, outscoring WKU 11-5 over
that span. Sydney Chastain keyed the early run with a three-point play on either
side of the first media timeout, and Collier capped the stretch with a jumper at the
WKU used five unanswered points to fire right back into the game, and Little Rock
was only able to carry a three-point lead, 15-12, after the first 10 minutes of
After falling behind by five points early in the second frame, WKU again pieced
together a 5-0 run with all points scored by Givens, whose three-pointer in
transition knotted the game at 17-17 with 8:55 on the clock. The Lady Toppers’ lead
grew to as many as five points on two different occasions midway through the
quarter, but eight unanswered points from the Trojans, punctuated by a three-point
play from Collier, gave Little Rock a 30-27 edge.
The Lady Toppers refused to back down, however, and scored the final four points of
the half on layups by Elgedawy and Givens to carry a 31-30 lead into the locker
Back-to-back baskets from Givens and Meral Abdelgawad to open the third quarter
built a five-point lead for the Lady Toppers, but Little Rock responded with eight
straight points to surge back into the lead. Four different Trojans scored during
the run, with Yanina Inkina’s jumper at the 3:17 mark closing out the stretch and
giving Little Rock a 38-35 lead late in the third frame.
WKU took control of the game for good with an 11-0 run that stretched into the
fourth quarter. Elgedawy and Brewer combined to score all 11 points for the Lady
Toppers to put WKU in front by eight points, a lead that it would not relinquish the
rest of the way.
WKU will be off for a full week before returning to the court next Saturday
afternoon at 2 p.m. against Division II powerhouse Bellarmine inside E.A. Diddle
Arena. That game will be WKU’s first regular-season bout with the Knights since a
76-44 victory on Jan. 6, 1979, and WKU holds a 7-2 edge in the all-time series.