Gophers signs JUCO transfer Aminata Zie

Women’s basketball | 05/19/2022 14:54:00

MINNEAPOLIS- Minnesota women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Whalen announced Thursday the addition of Aminata Zie to the Gophers roster. Zie is a 6-2 forward from Paris, France, via West Africa, who spent two years at Stony Brook before playing a season at Western Nebraska Community College. She will have several years of eligibility in Minnesota.

“Our staff is thrilled to announce today the signing of Aminata to our women’s basketball program,” the head coach said. Lindsay Whalen mentioned. “Aminata will represent our program values ​​of being a great team player, outplaying opponents, being leaders on and off the court as well as being disciplined at the highest level. Her strength and skill will add to our line head on to be able to compete with the best in the Big Ten.”

Zie’s has played through two college seasons since arriving in the United States in 2019. Most recently, Zie played at Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC), a junior college located in Scottsbluff, Neb. Zie led the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in field goal percentage last season, shooting 67.9% from the floor while averaging 9.2 points and 8.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game in his 29 games played. Zie’s team reached the Final Four of the NJCAA National Tournament, falling in the semifinals. Zie comes to Minnesota with individual highs of 22 points (December 11, 2021), 19 rebounds (March 18, 2022), and four blocks (November 8, 2021).

Prior to the WNCC, Zie spent two years at Stony Brook where she missed the 2019-20 season due to shoulder surgery before playing nine games off the bench for the Seawolves in 2020-21. In her only season at Scottsbluff, Zie was named to the All-South Region playoff team as well as the All-Defensive team. Off the pitch, Zie continued his education in business at both Stony Brook and the WNCC. She is a two-time America East Commissioner Honor Roll winner.

Prior to her move to the United States, Zie only spent the first few years of her life in West Africa before she and her family moved to the town of La Courneuve, outside of Paris. She was introduced to basketball at the age of 13, when she tried out and then joined the women’s basketball team at La’Cournevue basketball club in France. Daughter of Zie Bibata and Zie Sidiki, Aminata is one of four children, all girls. His older brother, Kadidia, lives in the Bronx with his children, which helped his initial transition to the United States.

Zie becomes the third transfer to join the Golden Gopher program this offseason, joining Mi’Cole Cayton (Nebraska) and Destinee Oberg (Arkansas).

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