WKU Women’s Basketball: Elgedawy, Abdelgawad named C-USA Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week

DALLAS – After both had a strong week on WKU’s Florida swing, Raneem Elgedawy and Meral Abdelgawad have been named the C-USA Player and Co-Freshman of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.

The weekly honor is Elgedawy’s first Player of the Week accolade and fifth of her young career after also winning Freshman of the Week four times in 2017-18. Abdelgawad has now been named the C-USA Freshman of the Week in three of the last four weeks, and her three honors this season trail only the four won by Middle Tennessee’s Taylor Sutton.

Elgedawy and Abdelgawad are the first WKU duo to sweep the Player and Freshman of the Week awards since Tashia Brown and Elgedawy also accomplished the feat on Dec. 18, 2017.

Elgedawy was a dominant force in the post in WKU’s road wins over FIU and Florida Atlantic, averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the two victories. The sophomore became Lady Topper Basketball’s first post player with back-to-back 25-point games since Chastity Gooch on Jan. 1 and 4, 2014, and tallied a career-best 28 points against the Panthers on Thursday afternoon.

On Saturday, the Alexandria, Egypt, native enjoyed one of the most dominant games of her career, recording a double-double in the first half alone before finishing with 25 points and 16 rebounds, her third career game with 15 or more rebounds and also her third double-double of the season. In conference play, Elgedawy is the only player in the league who currently ranks in the top five in both scoring (19.8) and rebounding (8.6) per game through five matchups.

Abdelgawad continued her recent strong run of games, stretching her double-digit scoring streak to four games with 11 points at FIU and another 13 against Florida Atlantic. The freshman did much of her damage in the second half of play, scoring 15 of her 24 points in the final 20 minutes of each game to help the Lady Toppers pull away.

The Cairo, Egypt, native leads all C-USA freshmen in both scoring and steals in conference play and ranks second among all freshmen in field goal percentage.