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Former Arizona forward Sali Kourouma is moving to women’s basketball at Oregon

Sali Kourouma was already well-traveled when she committed to the Arizona Wildcats last year. She will continue that journey next season in Oregon. The attacker announced her commitment to the Ducks on Saturday afternoon.

Kourouma was injured in the final seconds of the Wildcats’ second exhibition game against Point Loma Nazarene. Arizona only had five available players until the injury.

Kourouma played in 13 games before electing to undergo shoulder surgery that kept her out for the rest of the season. She finished the year with 9.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 personal fouls and 1.4 turnovers in 21 minutes per game.

Kourouma came to the U.S. from Mali in 2017 to play high school basketball, but ran into trouble at her school in the Phoenix area. According to reports, the academic part of the equation was not stable. So she moved to Wichita, Kansas to finish high school.

Kourouma suffered an ACL tear in her senior year of high school and then spent two years at Grayson College in Texas.

Her next stop was Arkansas-Little Rock, where she was second-team All-Sunbelt her freshman year and Ohio Valley Player of the Year her sophomore year.

The Ducks missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season in 2023-24, finishing 11-21 and 2-16 in the Pac-12. One of those conference wins came against the Wildcats. They move to the Big Ten next year.

UO has lost sophomores Grace VanSlooten, Chance Gray, Kennedy BashamAnd Priscilla Williams into the transfer portal this offseason.