Slow Start Dooms Lady Toppers in 77-60 Loss to MTSU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The WKU women’s basketball team once again battled back after a one-sided quarter, but came up short against Middle Tennessee on Saturday night.

The Lady Toppers fell behind early with a slow first quarter, but battled back within six to end the first half. WKU was able to cut the lead to four three different times in the third quarter, but was never able to get any closer than that.

Raneem Elgedawy led the Lady Toppers with 20 points and nine rebounds. Through four games, the senior is averaging 20.8 points per game. She moved into 19th place on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,429 career points, passing Arnika Brown (1,416 points). She’s only eight points from passing Brenda Chapman for 19th place.

Meral Abdelgawad poured in 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor including 2-of-4 from 3-point range.

WKU edged Middle Tennessee on the boards, 40-39, including 16 offensive rebounds. It was the eighth time this season the Lady Toppers have outdone their opponent on the glass.

WKU had their best shooting quarter in the third, making 57.1 percent of their shots from the floor in the frame. In contrast, the Lady Toppers shot just 20 percent in the first quarter.

The Lady Toppers will be back in action next week at Old Dominion in a pair of games on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30.