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Innova-tsn Leganés has announced that it has acquired the services of Alima Dembélé until the end of the 2022/2023 season in the Endesa Women’s League. Through a press release, the Madrid team praised the “great physical potential” of the Malian international.
Thus, the 1.86 meter and 21-year-old player will soon be placed under the orders of coach Evaristo Pérez. In the sports entity, they hope that the young woman will strengthen the workforce in the second round of the competition.
The team also includes: Marta Hermida, Imani Tate, Terezia Palenikova, Amy Okonkwo, Cecilia Muhate, Laura García, Sara Sánchez, María Jespersen and Vionise Pierre-Louis.
Born on January 20, 2000 in Mali, the player started playing basketball at the age of 11. Among his main characteristics are his physical presence, which makes him unstoppable in 1 v 1. She also stands out for her scoring ability and rebound control.
In 2019, Alima Dembélé joined La Salle Melilla, to play in the Andalusian national first division. His performances allowed the team to make the jump to the second highest category in Spanish basketball.
Then, in the 2019/2020 academic year, she packed her bags for Lanzarote to join the Magec Tías discipline “Against gender violence” and compete in the Women’s League 2. In this team she only played only one game with 16:55 minutes on the pitch. She contributed 10 points and 4 rebounds to obtain a rating of 9 points -according to the official statistics, provided by the FEB-.
During the same campaign, Elle joined HGB Ausarta Barakaldo in search of new opportunities. She ended up defending the Basque jersey in 11 games, averaging 7.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists to earn a rating of 6.3 points.
Later, he was part of Asisa Alhaurín de la Torre to play in the first national, with the aim of helping the team formed by Francis Tomé achieve their goal in the final phase of the competition and obtain their ticket in the promotion phase.
It was during the 2020/21 academic year that the Malian arrived on the island of Tenerife to wear the Vega Lagunera Adareva jersey of the Women’s League 2. The Malian has become one of the references of the Lagunero team and managed to rack up multiple MVPs in the competition. She participated in a total of 26 duels, with an average time on the court of 33:07 minutes. She averaged 21.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists for a PIR of 22.8 points.
It should be noted that she has experience in the Malian national team, with which she played in the U17 world championship -held in Zaragoza- and U19 in Udine -Italy-. On the other hand, she won the gold medal in the 3×3 African Championship, which took place in 2018. She also won gold in the African Beach Games in Cape Verde, in June 2019.
Brief stint at Movistar Estudiantes
After her good season at the individual level at Vega Lagunera Adareva, Alima Dembélé received various offers from various clubs. Finally, she ended up signing a contract to join Movistar Estudiantes for two years, with the possibility of one more.
Rumors that she would join the student group have emerged through the Twitter account @RumoreBFemenino, in addition to users of the Discord space of said community. Faced with this situation, “Columna Cero” contacted the player’s representative (David Vargas) directly. The agent exclusively broke the news of the Malian’s arrival at Estudiantes.
Finally, Alima Dembélé did not make her Endesa Women’s League debut with Movistar Estudiantes. After the contract is broken, Campus Promete offers her to join the group and she accepts. However, on January 12, 2022, she left the club.
“I’ve always liked winning, I consider myself ambitious and I hope to achieve the goals I set for myself in basketball. My game stands out with an intense attack, especially in 1v1. In addition, I have improved in defense and I notice that I have more resistance than before”, indicates the international through an interview with “Columna Cero”.