Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir Named to C-USA All-Academic Team
March 7, 2013
IRVING, Texas - - Redshirt junior point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team, Thursday. She is the first Tiger to be voted to the league's All-Academic squad since Devin Necaise was named to the squad in the 2006-07 season.
A major in Exercise and Sport Science, Abdul-Qaadir is the Tigers' third-leading scorer with 10.5 ppg. The Springfield, Mass., native has appeared in 22 of the Tigers' 29 games, with 20 starts. She missed seven games this season with a broken hand, returning to the lineup in time for the Tigers' win over SEC foe Missouri in December.
A team co-captain, Abdul-Qaadir ranks third on the team with 53 assists and leads Conference USA in free-throw shooting with an 85.2 percent clip. A three-time C-USA All-Academic team honoree (2010, 2011, 2012), Abdul-Qaadir has been named to the Dean's List at Memphis three times (Fall 2010, 2011, 2012) and was a C-USA Academic Medalist in 2010. She has been a member of the Tiger 3.0 Club each semester she has been at Memphis and was the 2011 recipient of the USBWA Most Courageous award. Last year, she spoke to the Islamic Society of North America about fitness as part of Michelle Obama's "Get Moving" campaign and visited LeBonheur Children's Hospital with her teammates in each of the last two seasons, distributing teddy bears donated by Tigers' fans in the program's annual Teddy Bear Toss program. This year, she participated in two cancer awareness walks in the fall, including the Susan B. Komen walk.
She will graduate in August and plans on attending physical therapy school. She is the daughter of Tariq and Alooah Abdul-Qaadir.
She is joined on the 2013 C-USA All-Academic Team by Jessica Goswitz of Rice, Tiffani Cousinard of Tulsa, Amber Jones of UAB, Kayli Keough of UCF and Kelli Willingham from UTEP.
2013 C-USA Women's Basketball All-Academic Team
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Memphis, Jr., Springfield, Mass., 3.71 GPA, Exercise and Sport Science
Jessica Goswitz, Rice, Sr., Knoxville, Tenn., 3.46 GPA, Kinesiology-Sports Medicine/Sociology
***Tiffani Cousinard, Tulsa, Sr., Houston, Texas, 3.723, Psychology and Sociology
**Amber Jones, UAB, Sr., Town Creek, Ala., 3.67 GPA, Exercise Science
**Kayli Keough, UCF, Sr., Land O'Lakes, Fla., 3.98 GPA, Psychology
**Kelli Willingham, UTEP, Jr. DeSoto, Texas, 3.78 GPA, Kinesiology
* Repeat selection