WKU WBB wins C-USA opening with Abdelgawad and Meredith’s Career Nights

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU women’s basketball and Southern Miss played at a breakneck pace Thursday night, with the Lady Toppers scoring a 98-88 victory over the Lady Eagles to go 1-0 in the U.S Conference game and 8-4 in total.

“Southern Miss has always been a very well-coached team and they don’t make a lot of mistakes so you have to play your best game to beat them,” said the head coach. Greg collins. “They were always difficult for us to play against. I was proud of the way we controlled the tempo. It was essential. We knew that if we were playing at their pace, it was a disadvantage.”

WKU has been propelled by two top career matches of Meral Abdelgawad with 36 points and Mya Meredith with 24 points. Alexis mead joins the two-digit two with 13 points. Abdelgawad also had eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in the game. Meredith added three rebounds, three assists and a career-high three blocks.

Abdelgawad’s 36 points are his third 30-point game in the last four. She is one of only two NCAA Division I players with three games scoring 33 or more points this season. Abdelgawad also broke the 1,000 career point mark in the game, becoming the club’s 42nd member of the 1,000 WKU points.

“I think the difference people recognize now is that (Meral) puts points on the board. She always played with that passion, that energy, that motivation. That’s what separated her from the other players. Now her game has grown and evolved into a more complete player with that offensive element. She plays every day in training, like it’s this game. It sends a message to our team and our team is playing with that energy and enthusiasm, ”Collins said of Abdelgawad.

The Lady Toppers’ 98 points are the most points the team has scored this season and the most in regulation by a WKU team since a 101-47 victory over the CRF on January 11, 2018. For the second Just once this season, the Lady Toppers have scored over 20 points in all four quarters.

WKU scored the first four points of the game with Selma kulo put the Lady Toppers on the board first. WKU took a five-point lead twice in the fourth quarter, but took a one-point lead in second frame. Meredith scored nine of her points in the first period.

The Lady Toppers started the second quarter 12-5 to take the lead by eight. Nine of those points were from Abdelgawad’s three consecutive threes. Southern Miss hit back with an 8-0 run to tie the game. From there, WKU outscored the Lady Eagles 11-4 to take a 48-41 lead at halftime.

The second half was even more of an athletics competition with a combined with a total of 97 points scored in the half between the two teams. WKU took the lead again, scoring 50 points against 47 for Southern Miss.

Abdelgawad scored 26 of his points in the second half and shot 81.8% from the field and 83.3 from three points in the half.

WKU returns to Diddle Arena on Saturday to face Louisiana Tech at 2 p.m. ET. The Lady Techsters fell to Marshall on Thursday 62-44.

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