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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

August 7, 2007 at 8:53 AM

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The Storm signed seven-year veteran Astou Ndiaye-Diatta to a seven-day contract today and she practiced with the team at shootaround this morning, staying on the court longer with assistant coach Shelley Patterson to learn some plays. Ndiaye-Diatta, a native of Senegal, has career averages of 7.4 points and 4.1 rebounds.
Coach Anne Donovan, who is also director of player personnel, expects Ndiaye-Diatta to play tonight against Minnesota since Seattle is without starting frontline Lauren Jackson (family illness) and Janell Burse (left wrist). Ndiaye-Diatta said her experience in the league will help, plus her duties aren’t that complex.
“It’s mainly defense, rebounding and, of course, take the shot when it’s there,” she said.
Seattle appeared cohesive with Ndiaye-Diatta on the court, although at times there was crowding in the middle as Ndiaye-Diatta adjusted to her place in the schemes.
Storm veteran Wendy Palmer, who played one season with Ndiaye-Diatta in Detroit, also stayed on the court a little longer to get some more shooting in, knowing her offense will be needed tonight.

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