IRVING, Texas – For the second time in the last three weeks, Raneem Elgedawy has
been selected as the C-USA Freshman of the Week as announced by the conference
office on Monday afternoon following her first career double-double in WKU’s win
over Evansville last Thursday.
The honor is Elgedawy’s second of her young WKU career and marks the first time that
any Lady Topper has earned multiple C-USA Freshman of the Week awards in the same
season since Tashia Brown accomplished the feat three times during the 2014-15
campaign. Coupled with Brown’s Player of the Week honor on Nov. 13, WKU has also
captured three weekly awards through the first four weeks of the season for the
first time since joining C-USA.
One of the top young post players in C-USA, Elgedawy’s skills were on full display
in WKU’s 92-54 win over Evansville as she reached career-high marks for both points
(19) and rebounds (10) en route to her first career double-double. All five of the
Alexandria, Egypt, native’s offensive rebounds turned into second-chance points for
the Lady Toppers, including a pair of putbacks by Elgedawy herself.
Not only was the freshman efficient at both scoring and rebounding, she also matched
her career high with a pair of blocks and came away with a career-best four steals
against the Purple Aces. For the season, Elgedawy ranks second among all C-USA
freshmen with 6.3 rebounds per game, and her one block per game average is 11th
among C-USA players of all classes.
With her pair of Freshman of the Week awards, Elgedawy has also become Lady Topper
Basketball’s first-ever international player to capture a weekly award.
Elgedawy and the Lady Toppers will have this week off as WKU breaks for final exams,
but the team will be back in action on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. (CT) on the road
at Southern Illinois.
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