STrib: Talented Sissoko Settles In with Gophers

Ignatius L Hoops

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Kent Youngblood:

A couple snippets from a practice last week as the Gophers women's basketball team prepared for Tuesday's season opener against Jacksonville:

  • During a scrimmage, Kadi Sissoko got a defensive rebound and got the ball to point guard Jasmine Powell. Seconds later, having outsprinted everyone down the floor, Sissoko took a long pass from Powell and scored.
  • Moments later, in the post, Sissoko got the ball. She head-faked to her right, then spun left with such quickness that the guy who was part of the practice group never moved.
When it comes to the combination of size (6-2), speed and quickness, Sissoko is the Gophers' most athletic player. And she spent the better part of October, in the team's training camp, showing it.

"She is in a great place,'' Gophers coach Lindsay Whalen said. "I think she's just comfortable, finally.''
 


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She is key. Cutback on turnovers. Work the glass. Don’t drift to far out to the 3 point line.
 




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