She Got Game

I love this story.  Varsity basketball player Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is a devout Muslim, the top-ranked student in her senior class, a 5 foot 3 inch high school senior, and the top high school scorer in Massachusetts state history. With her legs and arms covered and a hajib covering her head Bilqis “dazzles every night with a game that is a nonstop whir of creative fury. She darts into the lane against much bigger players, flicking in layups and reverses and hitting teammates with no-look passes. She drains pull-up jumpers and step-back 3-pointers. Despite a steady diet of double-teams and box-and-one defenses designed to stop her, she is averaging, this season, an astonishing 41.3 points per game.” She has a full scholarship to the University of Memphis “and will become the first player at a top tier Division 1 school to compete in full Muslim dress.”

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