Western Kentucky’s women’s basketball team swept the Conference USA weekly awards, the league announced Monday.
WKU senior Meral Abdelgawad was named the conference’s Player of the Week, while Mya Meredith was tabbed the Freshman of the Week.
Abdelgawad notched her third 30-point game of the season against Southern Miss, scoring a career-high 36 points. She followed that up with her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds against Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Abdelgawad averaged 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game for the week.
The Cairo, Egypt, native was crucial in WKU’s 2-0 start to C-USA play. Against Southern Miss, she scored 26 points in the second half, including three straight 3-pointers to open the third quarter. Against Louisiana Tech, she pulled down five rebounds in the final six minutes after the Lady Techsters cut the game to one. She also scored four points and assisted on an Alexis Mead 3-pointer that stopped a 12-0 Louisiana Tech run.
Meredith had a career-high 24 points against Southern Miss on Thursday along with a career-high three blocks. Against Louisiana Tech, she had 14 points and a career-high eight rebounds while shooting 4-of-5 from 3-point range. The Taylor Mill native was also a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line for the week.
This week’s award is the first of Meredith’s collegiate career. It was Abdelgawad’s second Player of the Week honor of the season. She previously earned the award Dec. 20.
WKU (9-4 overall, 2-0 C-USA) will be back in action on Saturday at Florida International. Tipoff is set for noon.