VANCOUVER, British Columbia (WBKO) --- Led by a career-high 25 points from Dee Givens and a Raneem Elgedawy double double, Lady Topper Basketball handled ETSU with an 82-68 victory for the team’s second win of the season. Meral Abdelgawad also hit double digits in the scoring column as WKU improved to 2-5 on the season and kept the Bucs winless at 0-6.
“I liked that even though we didn’t always play as well as we could have, everyone played hard,” head coach Greg Collins said of seeing some different personnel combinations. “They all, as a team, were focused on guarding, rebounds and getting out in transition.”
Givens’ 25 points were complemented with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. She finished a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line.
In the post, Elgedawy finished with a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double – the first by the Lady Topper squad this season. Her fellow Egyptian native notched 16 points along with three rebounds, three steals, a block and an assist.
Jae’Lisa Allen made the most of her eight minutes of action, tallying a career-high eight points on 4-of-5 shooting while adding an offensive rebound.
After the sides traded the first four layups of the contest, WKU registered a 9-0 run over a 2:18 span to open up a 13-4 advantage. The Lady Toppers pushed their lead to as much as 15 in the opening frame with a 23-8 advantage before the Bucs added another layup before the quarter ended. In the first 10 minutes of action, Lady Topper Basketball notched six steals while forcing 10 ETSU turnovers.
In the second quarter, WKU suffered some foul trouble as ETSU outscored the Red and White by a slim 18-17 margin. The Lady Toppers went on an early 6-0 run to push their lead to 34-15 before ETSU posted an 8-0 run to cut the WKU lead to 12. At the half, WKU owned a 40-28 advantage with Meral Abdelgawad recording 14 points in the first 20 minutes.
WKU opened the second half with six field goals – five layups – in less than three minutes to push its lead to 52-36. After the Lady Toppers withstood a 9-0 ETSU run, the Tops answered with an eight-point run by Givens. The redshirt-junior sank back-to-back 3 pointers and then converted a pair of free throws. At the end of the quarter, the Red and White maintained their 12-point lead.
To begin the fourth quarter, ETSU tallied six-straight points to cut the Lady Topper lead to six points at 64-58. From there, Sherry Porter knocked down a free throw and Elgedawy followed with four-straight points to push the lead back to double digits. While the Red and White went just 3-for-11 from the field in the final frame, the team knocked down 12-of-18 free throw attempts to push the game out of reach.
Porter contributed in numerous spots on the stat sheet for the Lady Toppers finishing with eight points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal.
“I have just been trying to take everything that coach tells me and execute it on the court,” Porter shared. “So whatever he needs me to be, I’ll try to be.”