Dee Givens earns 1st C-USA Player of the Week nod

WKU foward Dee Givens (4) use the screen from Fatou Pouye (12) to dribble toward the top of the key. The Lady Hilltoppers defeated Little Rock 77-58 on November 24, 2019 at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Drake Kizer

Redshirt senior forward Dee Givens was named Conference USA Player of the Week after her 41-point breakout performance for the WKU women’s basketball team in its 91-86 overtime win at Ball State on Saturday, the league announced Monday.

The C-USA Player of the Week nod is the first of Givens’ career, but it’s the second for the Lady Toppers after junior forward Raneem Elgedawy was named C-USA Player of the Week on Dec. 2.

Givens scored a total of 59 points across WKU’s two games last week and averaged seven rebounds per game.

Her 41 points at Ball State set a new record in Ball State’s Worthen Arena, which has been open since 1992.

Givens also tied for the third-most points scored by a NCAA Division I women’s basketball player this season and tied for the second-most points ever scored by a Lady Topper.

The Lexington native was the second leading scorer for WKU with 18 points in a 74-63 win against Oklahoma on Wednesday, which was the first Lady Topper victory against a Big 12 team since 1990.

Givens shot 50% (14-of-28) from the field at Ball State and 42.2% for the week (19-of-45). She connected on nine 3-pointers on the week and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe against the Cardinals.

With 1,294 career points, Givens is now 23rd on WKU’s all-time scoring list. Her 189 made 3-pointers are the sixth most in program history, while her 85.1% mark at the free throw line is the best by any Lady Topper.

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