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Women’s Basketball Adds Alissa Pili and Néné Sow to 2022-23 Roster

Apr 27, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Head Women's Basketball Coach Lynne Roberts announced the additions of transfers Alissa Pili and Néné Sow to the roster for the 2022-23 season.
Pili a 6-2 forward comes to the Utes from the University of Southern California where she played in 63 career games with 58 starts. The Anchorage, Alaska native, earned All-Pac-12 honors over her first two seasons at USC. She was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year following the 2019-20 season. Over her 63 games at USC, Pili averaged 12.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. She shot 45 percent from the floor. She has scored 795 points in her career.
Sow comes to Utah from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. The 6-8 center appeared in 32 games for Northeastern Oklahoma. The Brussels, Belgium native, comes to the Utes with three years of eligibility remaining. She scored career-highs in points (14) and rebounds (18) her first year against Murray State College.
Player Breakdown: Alissa Pili
Prior to Utah: Played three seasons at the University of Southern California, seeing action in 63 games, while making 58 starts. Was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year following the 2019-20 season. 

  • Appeared in 19 games while making 18 starts for the Trojans in 2021-22 season
  • Averaged 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a junior
  • Scored a season-high 15 points vs. Seton Hall during the 2021-22 season
  • During the 2020-21 season, averaged 11.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 assists per game, shooting 41.5 percent from the floor
  • Earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors following the 2020-21 season
  • Named to the Naismith Trophy Watch list and Katrina McClain Award Preseason Watch List as a sophomore
  • As a freshman, earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, All-Pac-12 Team and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors
  • During the 2019-20 season, led USC in scoring (16.3 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and double-doubles (11)
  • By seasons end of her freshman season, she ranked in the nation's top-100 in five statistical categories — final points (504), field-goal percentage (51.1%), double-doubles (11), free throws made (109) and field goals made (190)
  • Scored in double digits in 25 games, with double figures in the last 16 games of the season, as a freshman

High School: Was a three-time Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year out of Dimond High. 

  • Was a four-time conference Player of the Year and twice selected the National Female Athlete of the Year by MaxPreps
  • Earned the "Pride of Alaska" award from the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame
  • A four-time all-state and all-conference honoree
  • Holds the Alaska state scoring record with 2,614 career points
  • Scored 44 points in the Gator Classic championship game, scoring 36 points in the second half
  • Also played volleyball and competed in shot put and discus in high school
  • Finished with 13 state titles to her name across all sports at Dimond High
  • Played club for Alaska Lady Hoops and Alaska Stars

Personal: The daughter of Billy and Heather... Has eight siblings: Felila, Billy Jr., Alyna, Braden, Cayden, Kayla, Trinity and Brandon... Older brother Brandon plays football at USC
What Coach Roberts Says About Pili: "I have always loved Alissa Pili's game since high school. She's so strong and powerful, has incredible hands, great passer, can shoot the 3, and rebound. She will bring three years of PAC-12 experience and she really wants to help us win and continue moving our program forward. We're excited to have her join our family!" 

Player Breakdown: Néné Sow
Prior to Utah: Played two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

  • Scored a season-high 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting against Oklahoma Wesleyan to open the 2021-22 season
  • Tallied a double-double against Oklahoma Wesleyan, as she scored 11 points and 12 rebounds
  • Shot 55 percent from the floor during the 2021-22 season
  • Tallied three games with six or more rebounds during the 2021-22 season
  • During the 2020-21 season played in 19 of 20 games, earning one start
  • Averaged 3.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game
  • Against Murray State College collected season-highs in points (14) and rebounds (18)
  • Shot 50 percent from the floor her first year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

Personal: Daughter of Mariame Kane and Mamadou Sow… Has four sisters Aissi, Bana, Maimouna, Habsa 
What Coach Roberts Says About Sow: "We are really excited that Nene has decided to become a Ute!  She will bring obvious size and length to our post play.  She works hard, runs well, can catch and finish, and will be a defensive factor for us.  Beyond that, she's an impressive person that will bring so much to our community.  Welcome to the family, Néné!"
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