Northwestern’s Aaron Liberman — or, more accurately, his yarmulke — made headlines for one minute of scoreless action on January 5. But that same day, a hijab on the hardwood was the bigger news in Division I athletics.
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, a senior guard for the Indiana State Sycamores, notched a career-high 26 points against Missouri Valley Conference opponent Drake. A transfer from Memphis currently competing in her final year of NCAA eligibility, Abdul-Qaadir has worn a hijab on the court since high school, along with long sleeves and leggings. Abdul-Qaadir’s faith and celebrity have taken her to the White House to break the Ramadan fast with President Obama.