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    July 9, 2013

    By Bill Ford
    SIUSalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois women's basketball head coach Cindy Stein has announced the hiring of Christelle N'Garsanet to round out the Saluki coaching staff.

    N'Garsanet follows Stein to Carbondale after serving as her assistant coach at Illinois Central College during the 2012-13 season. N'Garsanet was also an all-conference player under Stein at Missouri before being selected in the 2006 WNBA Draft.

    "I am thrilled to have Christelle join our Saluki staff. She brings an incredible amount of expertise," Stein said. "She played in the Big 12, played professionally in the WNBA and overseas, has recruited and coached at one of the top junior college programs in the country and has worked in the business world."

    N'Garsanet spent two seasons on the coaching staff at ICC, including a 2012-13 season during which the Cougars went 32-4 and finished third in the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

    "I am thrilled to be part of the Saluki family. When the opportunity was presented to me, I knew that I was walking into a great situation working with Coach Stein once again and having Mario Moccia as the athletic director," N'Garsanet said. "Coach Stein is a program builder which I experienced firsthand as a player and as her assistant. I am confident that with her expertise and winning mentality, we will bring the program back to where it needs to be."

    Prior to her time at ICC, N'Garsanet spent two years working as an audit associate at KPMG in St. Louis following a two-year professional playing career. N'Garsanet played for the WNBA's New York Liberty during the 2006-07 season before spending one season playing in Poland. She also played for the Ivory Coast national team during the 2009 and 2011 FIBA Africa Championships.


     

     

    N'Garsanet played three seasons collegiately at Mizzou after transferring from ICC. She led the Tigers in rebounding and ranked second on the team in scoring during her junior and senior seasons, finishing with 870 points and 255 rebounds during her three years in Columbia, Mo. N'Garsanet was named Second-Team All-Big 12 during her senior season.

    N'Garsanet's lone season playing at ICC was a memorable one as she helped the Cougars to the 2003 NJCAA Division II national championship. That season also coincided with the final season of legendary coach Lorene Ramsey, who also coached Stein at ICC.

    A two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, N'Garsanet has both a master's and bachelor's degree in accountancy from Mizzou.

    "Your hear all the time from successful coaches that you need to surround yourself with loyal, trusted and capable people that make you better and share your passion," Stein said. "Christelle is another fine example of that along with Kat Martin, Andrea Gorski and Julie Beck. I have always been privileged to have some outstanding assistants and this group is truly among the best."

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