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Olayinka
Sanni
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Chicago Heights, Ill.
Height: 6-2
Weight:
Sport: Women's Basketball
Position: C

Biography

Hard-nosed, gritty player who possesses great strength in the paint ... will be a key post player this season ... has tremendous natural athletic ability with a huge upside ... worked hard in the offseason to maintain basketball shape ... one of the BIG EAST’s dominant post players ... a member of the Nigerian National team that competed at the World Championships this past summer in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

At West Virginia (2006-07): Started all 32 contests ... all-conference first team, joining Meg Bulger (2005) as WVU’s only all-BIG EAST first team performers in school history ... fourth in field goal percentage … fourth in BIG EAST offensive rebounding (3.16) … 16th in the BIG EAST in scoring average … 20th in conference rebounding … nine 20-point contests ... six double-figure rebounding efforts ... six double-doubles ... 26 points on 8-14 shooting with career-best 10 free throws made in home win over Providence ... also grabbed 13 rebounds in win over Friars ... 26 points on 12-16 shooing with 10 rebounds in home win over St. Francis, Pa. ... 26 points on 9-12 shooting in win at Georgetown ... 22 points on 9-15 shooting including 1,000th career point in home win over Cincinnati ... 22 points on 9-15 shooting in home win over USF ... 21 points on 8-14 shooting with 10 rebounds in narrow loss versus Texas A&M ... 14 points and 10 rebounds in win over American ... LMU/Ayres Thanksgiving Classic all-tournament team for efforts against Texas A&M and American ... 22 points on 9-9 shooting with eight rebounds in win at nationally ranked DePaul ... 21 points on 10-17 shooting with nine caroms in win at nationally ranked Louisville ... 20 points with eight rebounds in NCAA tournament first round win over Xavier ... 17 points and 13 rebounds in home win over Seton Hall ... 18 points and 12 rebounds in win over Howard.

At West Virginia (2005-06): started 30 of 31 games ... set WVU single season field goal percentage record at 58.3% (162/278) ... BIG EAST leader and 13th nationally in that category ... 23 contests of shooting 50% or better ... set single game WVU field goal percentage record at 100.0% on 13-13 shooting in Kennesaw State win ... two double-doubles ... three 20-point contests ... three double-figure rebounding efforts ... 22 double-digit scoring outputs ... career-best 28 points on 13-13 shooting with 10 rebounds in Kennesaw State win ... 26 points on 11-14 shooting with four rebounds and three steals in win at Houston ... 22 points on 9-15 shooting against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi ... 19 points on 6-9 shooting and 7-11 from the free throw line in win at UCF ... 10 points and 11 rebounds in BIG EAST championship final against Connecticut ... 10 rebounds and five points in BIG EAST opening round win against Louisville ... 10 points on 5-7 shooting in BIG EAST quarterfinal victory against St. John’s ... 17 points on 8-15 shooting against Pitt ... 15 points on 7-13 shooting in win at Syracuse ... 15 points on 7-11 shooting with six rebounds against Marquette.

At West Virginia (2004-05): voted “overall player showing the most promise” at Pete Newell’s summer basketball camp with the nation’s top 50 post players ... started 16 of WVU’s 34 contests, including all but one of WVU’s 17 games ... confidence grew as experience was gained ... 10 double-digit scoring games ... one double-digit rebounding game ... one double-double ... then career-best 21 points on 9-16 shooting with career-high 10 rebounds at Georgetown ... 18 points on 7-8 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks in the Providence win ... 15 points on 7-16 shooting with eight rebounds in postseason WNIT quarterfinal victory over Wake Forest ... 14 points on 4-8 shooting with nine rebounds and career-high six free throws in postseason WNIT second round win over St. John’s ... 13 points on 6-11 shooting in career-high 33 minutes at Notre Dame ... 12 points on 3-7 shooting and 6-8 from the free throw line in regular season win over St. John’s ... 10 points and nine rebounds in Seton Hall home win.

In High School: averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game at Homewood-Flossmoor... ranked 26th-best center in the nation by All Star Girl’s Report ... 103rd-best player by All Star ... averaged 16.0 points, 18.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior ... 2003 team MVP ... 2003 Star all-area ... Southtown all-area ... IBCA all-area third team ... led high school to three conference championships.

Personal: hometown is Chicago Heights, Ill. ... nickname is “Yinka” ... daughter of Olatunji and Olubunmi Sanni ... majoring in communications ... birthday is August 21.


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