Abdelgawad, Meredith and Mead named to All-Conference Teams, Meredith awarded C-USA Freshman of the Year


Arthur H. Trickett-Wile

WKU Lady Topper freshman guard Mya Meredith (5) sails toward the basket for a layup Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22 of 2022 during a match against the FIU Panthers in Diddle Arena. FIU lost the match 87-66.

Joseph Thompson, Women's Basketball Reporter

Multiple Lady Toppers were honored for their performances this season by Conference USA in their yearly awards. 

WKU star freshman Mya Merdith was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year and the C-USA All-Freshman First Team alongside Alexis Mead. Senior forward Meral Abdelgawad was also named to the All-Conference USA First Team and All-Conference USA Defensive Team, the league announced Monday.

Meredith was honored for her spectacular season, despite tearing her ACL in February. She led all C-USA freshmen in scoring with 12.7 points per game and also averaged 2.3 steals per game. She won the C-USA Freshman of the Week award the entire month of January. She is the second consecutive Lady Topper to win the award after Hope Sivori won for her 2020-21 season. 


Mead has been the conductor of one the best offenses in C-USA with 99 assists on the year. Her next assist will make her the seventh WKU freshman with 100 assists in a season. Mead averages 11.7 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game.

Abdelgawad did not win C-USA player of the year, but she was rewarded for being one of the best players in the nation this season. She is top 30 in the nation in five different statistical categories. Abdelgawad is averaging 19.8 points per game and has had four 30-point games this season and 14 20-point performances, which was the most of any C-USA player. 

The senior finished the regular season with the second highest field-goal percentage in C-USA and with five double-doubles on the season. She has been to the free-throw line 200 times this season, which is the sixth most by any NCAA Division I player.

Abdelgawad is way more than just a scorer, she controls the game on both ends of the floor. She was awarded to the All-Conference Defensive Team for her second-straight season. She is second in the conference with 67 total steals while also being the eighth leading rebounder in the conference, averaging 7.2 boards per game. 

The Lady Toppers will face UAB on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the second round of the C-USA Championship in Frisco, Texas. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

Women’s Basketball Reporter Joseph Thompson can be reached at [email protected].