Cal Signs French Product Aminata Soumare

May 18, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - Aminata Soumare, a 6-1 forward from Saint Denis, France, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of California, head coach Caren Horstmeyer announced Tuesday.

'Aminata is an athletic, versatile player with good size on the perimeter,' said Horstmeyer. 'She is a slasher who has great ability to rebound and lead the break. Defensively, she is very active which causes problems for the opponent's offense. Aminata wanted to be a member of a program on the rise, and on her visit, she knew that Cal was the right place for her.'

Soumare averaged 9.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, before tearing her ACL six games into the season. She also contributed 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg and 0.5 bpg. Dixie State College finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 17-11 overall record and a 13-9 mark in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC).

As a freshman in 2002-03, Soumare was a key reserve in Dixie State's 28-7 season. She comes to Cal with two years of collegiate eligibility.

Before competing in the United States, Soumare was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2000 Nike French Camp.

Soumare joins 2004-05 Golden Bear newcomers Jessica Lawson from Edgewood, Fla., Brio Rode from Albuquerque, N.M., Krista Foster from Fair Oaks, Calif., and Kelly O'Connell from Lakewood, Colo.

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