Former Northwestern State Lady Demon Shahd Abboud has been named Domestic MVP in the Isreali Female Basketball Premier League, the top league in the country, following the 2019-20 season.
The Nazareth, Israel native was named Domestic MVP as the best Israeli-born player in the league for her team Ramat Hasharon.
“It means a lot,” Abboud said. “I feel like I finally got the recognition and respect I have been working so hard for. It was a very rewarding moment for me because I work hard to be the best version of myself every day, and it paid off this season.”
Abboud played two seasons at NSU from 2015-17 and signed with Hapoel Petah Tikva and played two seasons there before joining Ramat Hasharon this past season.
The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 12.2 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game this year.
“I believe the biggest factors in having the success I did this year was the work I did during the offseason and the confidence coach gave me,” Abboud said. “She believed in me and wanted me to lead and it gave me the confidence to go out there and perform for my team.”
Abboud appeared in all 61 Lady Demons games in her two seasons at NSU, starting 57 of those. She averaged 7.7 points per game, connecting on 65 3-pointers while helping lead the Lady Demons to the Southland Conference Tournament in each of her two seasons.
Abboud’s 8.4 points per game average in the 2016-17 season ranked third on the team.
“Winning MVP is always nice,” Abboud said. “But I know I still have a lot of work to do. It just motivates me to work even harder and keep setting the bar higher for myself.
“I will keep working on my game this offseason and improve in everything I need to improve on, make the best signing decision for next season and be ready to play.”
Photo courtesy of Shahd Abboud