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OLYMPICS: Former Union athlete leads Mali team, set to play United States in televised game

JACKSON, Tenn. - 8/11/2008 - DJ Sissoko, a member of Union University’s 2006 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship team, is making the most of her Olympic opportunity. Through her team’s first two games, Sissoko is averaging 19.5 points and eight rebounds per game.

The 19.5 points per game for Sissoko ranks second in the Olympics through two games, only behind Liene Jansone of Latvia with 20.0 points per game. She also ranks eighth in the Olympics with 8.0 rebounds per game.

Up next for the former Union Lady Bulldog is the opportunity to play against the United States, the three-time defending gold medal winners in women’s basketball. The game will be shown live on national television on Wednesday morning, August 13 at approximately 9:15 am (Central Time) on the USA Network. Sissoko wears jersey number 15 for Mali.

Mali is playing in the same women’s basketball Olympic preliminaries (Group B) as the United States. The United States leads the group with a 2-0 record, while Mali has an 0-2 record.

Sissoko played two seasons for Union, helping the team to a national title in 2006 and a semifinal appearance in the national tournament in 2007. Union captured a TranSouth Conference regular season and tournament titles during her time. Over the two year span, Union posted an overall record of 61-12.

In her Union career, she averaged eight points and six rebounds in her 61 games.

Sissoko remained at Union last season and practiced with the Lady Bulldogs. Then completed her degree from Union and graduated in May of 2008, just prior to returning home to prepare with her Olympic team.

Sissoko joins Gladys Wandera (Volleyball) as the only two Union Athletes to compete in the Olympic Games. Wandera played for her home country of Kenya in the 2004 games in Athens.

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Related Item(s):

Career stats for DJ Sissoko at Union University

 

GP

GS

FG

FGA

FG%

FT

FTA

FT%

OFR

DFR

TR

R/GM

B

S

P

P/GM

2005-06

25

0

55

107

.514

20

39

.513

43

57

100

4.0

8

21

130

5.2

2006-07

36

22

144

254

.567

70

99

.707

137

147

284

7.9

19

38

358

9.9

Total

61

22

199

361

.551

90

138

.652

180

204

384

6.3

27

59

488

8.0


Steven Aldridge
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