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Hamchetou Maiga #99 Forward

Hamchetou Maiga
2010 Regular Season Statistics
PPG3.2
RPG2.3
APG0.9
EFF +3.50

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Eight-year WNBA veteran joins the Lynx in 2010 after six seasons in Sacramento and two in Houston... In 2007 career games has averaged 5.0 ppg (.448 FG%, .250 3FG%, .602 FT%), 2.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.1 bpg and 16.5 mpg... Recorded over 3,400 minutes, 1,000 points, 500 rebounds in addition to over 200 assists and steals through seven years in the WNBA... Considered one of the league's best perimeter defenders, Maiga-Ba has totaled 239 steals over her career, including a career-high 1.7 spg in 2007 with Houston, good for sixth in the league that year... Tallied a career-high eight steals - the third-highest single-game total in WNBA history - on June 18, 2008 vs. Washington.... Over the last three seasons has averaged 1.29 steals per game... Has also enjoyed her best three offensive seasons of her career the last three years, including 2007 with Houston when she averaged 9.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game - All career highs... Was a key member of the Monarchs teams that advanced to the playoffs four consecutive years from 2003 to 2006, including back to back WNBA Finals appearances in 2005 and 2006... In 27 career playoff contests has averaged 2.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest... 2009: Second year with Sacramento after signing as a free agent in the winter of 2008... In 34 games, 5 starts, averaged 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game... Shot .486 percent from the floor, good for 11th best in the league... Scored a career-high 20 points against Minnesota on August 28, 2009 at Target Center... Also made a career-high nine field goals that night... Made a career-high seven free-throws on July 30, 2009 vs. San Antonio... Blocked a career-high-tying two shots on August 25, 2008 at Alanta... Averaged 11.5 points per game over final 11 games in 2009... Scored in double figures 11 times, including five 13+-point outings... 2008: Averaged 7.8 ppg (.492 FG%, .500 3FG%, .692 FT%), 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.3 bpg and 22.7 mpg through 26 games played (22 starts with Houston)... Played a season-high 34 minutes and recorded a season-high five defensive rebounds vs. Seattle (6/14)... Recorded a season- and career-high eight steals in addition to a season-high 15 points (including a season-high seven field goals made) vs. Washington (6/18)... Tallied a season-high two blocks at Minnesota (6/21), which also tied her career record... Tallied new season- and career-high in total rebounds (10) and offensive rebounds (6) at Connecticut (7/1)... Attempted a season-high six free throws at Atlanta (7/3)... Made a season-high one three-point field goal at Phoenix (7/8), which also tied her career mark... 2007: Averaged 9.1 ppg (.454 FG%, .200 3FG%, .833 FT%), 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.7 spg, 0.1 bpg and 29.6 mpg through 34 games... Recorded a season-high seven steals in addition to 16 points, six rebounds and two assists at Phoenix... Tied her season-high 18 points (7-for-10 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line) and also tallied six rebounds, three steals and two assists vs. Washington... Scored a career-high 18 points and led the team in rebounds and assists with five apiece at Seattle... 2006: Averaged 5.2 ppg (.430 FG%, --- 3FG%, .563 FT%), 2.1 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.3 bpg and 15.8 mpg through 34 games played... Recorded a career-high four assists against Indiana (6/25)... Tallied a career-high 29 minutes played against Houston (6/14)... 2005: Averaged 3.8 ppg, (.450 FG%, --- 3FG%, .314 FT%), 2.0 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg and 12.0 mpg through 34 games played... Scored a season-high 12 points at Seattle (8/25)... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds vs. Charlotte (7/26) and tied her career-high with four steals at Seattle (8/25)... 2004: Averaged 4.1 ppg, (.470 FG%, --- 3FG%, .552 FT%), 2.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.2 bpg, and 14.1 mpg through 34 games played... Scored a career-high 17 points at Seattle (7/3)... Pulled down a season-high five rebounds at Indiana (6/10)... 2003: Averaged 1.9 ppg, (.327 FG%, --- 3FG%, .400 FT%), 1.7 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg and 8.6 mpg in 22 games... Stole the ball a career-high four times vs. Seattle (7/26)... Scored a season-high six points at San Antonio (8/7)... 2002: Averaged 1.7 ppg (.245 FG%, --- 3PT%, .467 FT%), 1.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.1 bpg and 8.6 mpg in 23 games (three started)... Tallied a season-high six points, pulled down a season-high seven rebounds at Houston (6/9).

Playoffs
2006: Averaged 4.0 ppg (.381 FG%, --- 3FG%, .800 FT%), 1.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.1 bpg and 13.1 mpg... 2005: Averaged 3.8 ppg, (.500 FG%, ---3FG%, .667FT%), 1.6 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.4 bpg and 10.3 mpg through eight playoff games... Scored a career playoff-high 10 points and two blocks at Los Angeles (9/2)... 2004: Averaged 0.8 ppg, (.154 FG%, .000 3FG%, .250 FT%), 1.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.2 spg, --- bpg and 11.3 mpg in six playoff games... 2003: Averaged 0.5 ppg, (.333 FG%, ---3FG%, --- FT%) 0.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, --- spg, --- bpg and 3.8 mpg in four playoff games.

International
Member of the 2008 Mali Womenís Olympic Basketball Team in her home countryís first-ever Olympic appearance... Recorded 24 points (.458 FG%, --- 3FG%, .400 FT%), 12 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 55 minutes in two games.... Member of the Mali National Team since 1994.

Overseas
2009-10: Contributed 5.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game in 14 appearances for Tarbes of the French League... 2008-09: Played for Gambrinus Sika Brna in the Czech Republic during the off-season... Helped her team to an overall record of 27-11 after reaching the ZBL Finals... Recorded 411 points (10.8 ppg), 169 rebounds (4.4 rpg), 73 assists (1.9 apg), 19 steals (1.7 spg) and 10 blocks (0.3 bpg) in 922 minutes (24.5 mpg)... 2005-06: Played for Cavigal Nice Sports Basket in Nice, France and averaged 33.5 mpg, 14.3 ppg (50.4 FG% and 81.4 FT%), 6.2 rpg, 3.0 apg and 2.3 spg... 2004-05 - 2002-03: Played for Yaya Maria Breogan in Spain for three off-seasons... During the 2004-05 off-season averaged 14.5 ppg (45.2 FG%), 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.5 spg and 34.1 mpg through 24 games played... During the 2003-04 off-season helped her team advance to the semifinals of the championship tournament in Spain... Through 30 games averaged 15.5 ppg, while shooting 47.5% and averaged 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apg and 3.0 spg... In the 2002-03 off-season averaged 19 ppg and 8.1 rpg... 1997-98: Played on the Senegalese Champion, Dakar Club... Averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals per contest.

College
2001-02: Basketball Time All-America Honorable Mention... All-CAA First Team, All-Defensive Team, All-Academic Team and All-Tournament Team... Averaged 11.7 points 8.1 rebounds per game... Shot 57% from the floor... Totaled 84 assists and 31 blocks... 2000-01: CAA Player of the Year... An All-CAA First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team... Ranked in five different CAA categories... Teamís second leading scorer averaging 13.7 points per game and ranking sixth in the CAA... Scored in double figures in all but 25 of 30 games... Netted 20 or more points four times including a career-high 27 points against VCU (2/28/01)... Shot 57.3% (168-of-293) from the floor and ranked 17th in the country in field goal percentage... Led the Lady Monarchs and finished fourth in the league in rebounds averaging 7.4 boards per outing... Recorded six doubledoubles... Fourth on team in assists (82) and third in steals (49)... Tied for second in blocks with 25... Logged a new-career high swatting away four shots against ECU (2/4/01)... Eighth in the CAA in blocked shots... 1999-00: All-CAA First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Tournament Team... VaSID All-Virginia and Richmond Times Dispatch All-Virginia... Doubled scoring and rebounding efforts averaging 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game... Scored in double figures 28 times... Seven double-doubles... Second on team in scoring and rebounding... Finished ninth in CAA in scoring, third in rebounding, second in field goal percentage (59.8), and fourth in steals (2.53)... Finished seventh in the nation in field goal percentage... Bested her career-high with 25 points against Richmond (1/14/00)... Joined the elite Lady Monarch 20-rebound club with 20 against Southern Methodist (3/20/00) in the NCAA tournament... 1998-99: Averaged 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game... CAA All- Tournament Team... Finished 13th in the CAA in steals (1.7)... Scored in double figures in eight games... Netted a career-high 16 points against American (1/12) and pulled down 11 rebounds against East Carolina in the CAA Championship game.

Personal

Born Bamako, Mali... Daughter of Aminata Fofana and Boubacar Sekou Maiga... Has 18 brothers and sisters... Married long-time boyfriend, Baba Ba on December 31, 2005 in Bamako, Mali... Mother and aunt played on the national team of Mali for many years... Deanís List honoree at Old Dominion... In the summer of 2001 earned bachelors degree in information systems... 2001 John and Mary Alice Peterson Scholarship recipient... Earned her masterís degree in business administration from University of Phoenix.

Career Transactions

Signed as a free agent by Minnesota on Feb. 17, 2010... Originally drafted 12th overall in the 2002 WNBA Draft by Sacramento... Signed as a free agent by Houston on March 13, 2007... Signed as a free agent by Sacramento on Jan. 29, 2009.