Astou Ndiaye-Diatta
Astou  Ndiaye-Diatta

Dakar, Senegal

Last College:
Southern Nazarene, 1997

Assistant Coach


Astou Ndiaye-Diatta (Pronounced: Ah-stew En-Jai De-etta) enters her first season as an assistant coach for Utah State. Ndiaye-Diatta brings eight years of professional playing experience with her to Utah State after spending the 2007 season playing with the Seattle Storm. She was drafted to the WNBA in 1999 by the Detroit Shock in the second round and was the 22nd pick overall. She spent five years with the Shock, before spending the 2004 season and a half with the Indiana Fever and the 2006 season with the Houston Comets.

Ndiaye-Diatta also played for the Senegal National Team at the 1998 FIBA World Championships in Germany and played professionally in the Italian League during the 2001-02 WNBA off-season. She played in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Ndiaye-Diatta also played in four World Championships in Malaysia, Germany, China and Brazil.

She has played in four professional leagues since the fall of 1998 as she also played for the American Basketball League for the Seattle Reign from 1997-99 and the French League from 1999-2000.

A 1997 cum laude graduate of Southern Nazerene with a bachelor's degree in business, she currently ranks third all-time on the career scoring list, as she scored 2,126 points for the Crimson Storm from 1993-97. Ndiaye-Diatta was named a Kodak/Women's Basketball Coaches Association NAIA All-American as a senior and was a two-time NAIA first-team All-American. She also earned the Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior and was the league's Defensive Player of the Year during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Ndiaye-Diatta was born on Nov. 5, 1973 in Dakar, Senegal. She and her husband, Ousmane, have triplets, Boubacar, Bineta and Ndiasse, all age five.

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