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Astou Ndiaye-Diatta looks to pass in a WNBA game

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Senegalese basketball player to speak at Sports in Africa Conference

Renowned female Senegalese basketball player Astou Ndiaye-Diatta will discuss the intersection of gender, community and sports at the eighth annual Ohio University Sports in Africa Conference at 3 p.m. Friday, April 6, in Walter Hall 125.

This year's conference will focus on sports and community building in Africa and the Global South.Ndiaye-Diatta started playing basketball in 1986 at age 13 in Senegal, her birth country in Africa. She was later selected to play with the Lionnes, the national women's basketball team of Senegal.

After high school, she received a scholarship to play for Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma. The Detroit Shock drafted her to the WNBA in the second round. She later played with the Indiana Fever, Houston Comets and the Seattle Storm. She retired in 2008 and was hired as the assistant coach for Utah State University.

Ndiaye-Diatta played for the Senegal National Team at the 1998 International Basketball Association (FIBA) World Championships in Germany as well as in 2000 Sydney Olympics representing the United States. She played in four World Championships in Malaysia, Germany, China and Brazil.

One of Ndiaye-Diatta's proudest accomplishments is that she earned her basketball achievements while pursuing a full family life. She and her husband, Ousmane, have triplets: Boubacar, Bineta and Ndiasse.

She will address the challenges and successes of bridging an athletic career, studies and raising a family during her presentation.

This free and open to the public event is sponsored by the Institute for the African Child and the Center for Sports Administration.

Based on a debate that began in 2002, the Sports in Africa Conference seeks to understand and discuss the effects of global marketing and development challenges in Africa and the Global South.