Abdelgawad named semifinalist of the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year


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Senior guard Merel Abdelgawad celebrates a goal by Hope Sivori on Thursday, Feb 3. WKU lost in overtime 79-74.

Adi Schanie, Sports Reporter

WKU senior Meral Abdelgawad has been named a semifinalist for the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award.

The Cairo, Egypt, native has shown out for her senior season, averaging 19.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Abdelgawad also leads Conference USA in made field goals with 179, total points with 513 and free throw attempts with 177. She is top 25 in the nation in those three categories, as well as free throws made and points per game. 

The standout Lady Topper has four 30-point games this season while tallying four double-doubles on the season and scoring double figures in 23 consecutive games. 


Abdelgawad is not new to receiving awards, being recognized as the C-USA Player of the Week three times. 

The five finalists for the honor will be announced in early March and the winner will be announced around the Final Four.

Sports Reporter Adi Schanie can be reached at [email protected].