WKU Women’s Basketball: Givens, Elgedawy named to Preseason All-CUSA First Team

DALLAS After breakout seasons from both Dee Givens and Raneem Elgedawy in 2018-19, the duo were voted Preseason All-Conference USA by league coaches heading into the new season. The Lady Toppers were also picked to finish third, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Givens was C-USA’s third leading scorer last season, averaging 17.6 points per game, and earned a C-USA All-Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team nods at the end of the season. The Lexington, Kentucky native broke onto the scene as an accurate shooter and lockdown defender for the Lady Toppers. She became the first Lady Topper in school history to post a 45-40-85 shooting line for an entire season (45.5 from the field, 40.1 from three-point range and 85.9 from the free throw line). She had the third most 3-pointers (79) in a single season in program history and the third best free-throw percentage (.859) in a season by a Lady Topper. Her 99 steals in 2018-19, the most of any player in C-USA and 19th in the nation.

Elgedawy earned C-USA All-Conference Second Team honors at the end of last season as a sophomore. The Alexandria, Egypt native had six double-doubles in 2018-19 and was only the second Lady Topper to record multiple 20-rebound games with a 21-board performance at Little Rock.

WKU finished last season 20-15 under Greg Collins in his first season as head coach, extending its streak of 20-win seasons to seven straight. The Lady Toppers ended the season tied for third place in C-USA standings and earning the four seed in the conference tournament.

The Lady Toppers received an invite to the WNIT in 2018-19 and advanced to the third round, the furthest advancing team out of the league’s five teams competing in the postseason.

Collins brings back veteran experience with 86 percent of his offensive production from last season back. WKU returns top scorers Givens, Elgedawy, C-USA All-Freshmen Team honoree Meral Abdelgawad, Whitney Creech, Alexis Brewer and Sherry Porter.

WKU also welcomes two transfers and three freshmen into the mix along with Myriah Haywood and Sandra Skinner, both of whom sat out the 2018-19 season.