Abdelgawad and Meredith Sweep C-USA Awards for Second Time
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — For the second time in the last three weeks, WKU women’s basketball has swept the Conference USA weekly awards. Meral Abdelgawad has been named the league’s Player of the Week while Mya Meredith is the Freshman of the Week.
It is the third straight Freshman of the Week award for Meredith and the third Player of the Week of the season for Abdelgawad.
Abdelgawad notched her fourth 30-point game of the season at Rice on Thursday with 33 points on 12-of-18 shooting. At North Texas, the senior had 18 points along four steals and two rebounds. For the week, Abdelgawad shot 65.5 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from the perimeter.
The Cairo, Egypt native’s 20.3 points per game on the season leads C-USA and her 24.8 points per game during league play also leads the conference. She has the best field goal percentage in the conference (54.2%) of any guard and the second best among all players. Through five conference games, Abdelgawad is shooting 65.2 percent from the field which leads the league.
Meredith has continued to shine in her rookie season on The Hill. Against Rice and North Texas, she averaged 15 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 steals, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists per game. The freshman had 20 points against a stout Rice defense that has surrendered 20 point or more to a player only five times this season (counting Abdelgawad).
The Taylormill, Kentucky product has stepped up her defensive play, notching five steals against the Owls and then six steals against the Mean Green. She also notched two blocks in both games and impacted countless more defensive possessions with deflections and pressure that forced turnovers.
The Lady Toppers have preserved a perfect 5-0 record in C-USA play and have won seven straight games. That streak is tied for the ninth longest in the country. WKU will put that streak to the test with Florida Atlantic and FIU coming to town this week. The Lady Toppers will face Florida Atlantic on Thursday at 11 a.m. and will host FIU on Saturday at noon.