Lady Toppers defeat Belmont 77-46

Western Kentucky forward Raneem Elgedawy shoots during WKU’s 77-46 win over Belmont on Nov. 13 at E.A. Diddle Arena.

After posting back-to-back double-doubles in the Saint Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic this past weekend in Moraga, Calif., Western Kentucky junior forward Raneem Elgedawy has been named Conference USA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

Elgedawy put up 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a win against Tulsa in the first game of the Classic. Against the host team Saint Mary’s, Elgedway was one point shy of her career high with 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.

The Alexandria, Egypt, native has notched four straight double-doubles and has five on the season, leading C-USA and ranking as the eighth most in the country.

After averaging a double-double in two neutral-site games, including one against the nation’s new top team, WKU sophomore center Charles Bassey was named Conference USA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.

This is the first Player of the Week award for the 6-foot-11, 230-pound sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria. The 2019 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year was named Freshman of the Week a record-tying 10 times last season, but never earned the top player nod.

Bassey averaged 19 points and 10.5 rebounds across WKU’s 69-64 victory over Fordham and 71-54 loss to then-No. 2 Louisville, which moved up to No. 1 in the country Monday.

He scored a game-high 24 points with 12 rebounds against Fordham to close the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, netting 10 of 10 free throws.

On Saturday, he finished with 14 points and nine rebounds against Louisville while battling the Cardinals’ premier big man Steven Enoch.

Bassey made 12 of 12 free throws overall during the week and added two assists, two steals and two blocks.

As of Monday, he was one of just two players in the country with at least 124 points, 77 rebounds, 12 blocks and eight steals this season.

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