Hamchetou Maiga-Ba

Biographical notes


  • Master of Business Administration / Global Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Information Systems and Technology,


  • French League Champion (Tarbes) 2010
  • Czech League Champion (Brno) 2008, 2009
  • Czech Cup (Brno) 2008, 2009
  • African Champions (Mali) 2007
  • WNBA Champion (Sacramento Monarchs) 2005
  • 4 times CAA Champions – Old Dominion University 98-02
  • “Grand Chelem – 4 Titles” Senegal 97-98
  • Mali Champion – Djoliba AC 1997
  • African Champions Junior (Mali) 1996
  • Mali Cup – Djoliba AC 1995
  • All of Fame Inductee African Sports 2013
  • All of Fame Inductee Old Dominion University 2011
  • Member of the CAA’s Silver Anniversary Team 2010
  • Member of the All Decade Team Sacramento Monarchs 2007
  • MVP African Nations Championship 2007
  • MVP French League 2006
  • CAA player of the year 2000-01
  • CAA all conference team 1999-02
  • CAA all defensive team 1999-02
  • All VA-SID 1999-02
  • CAA Scholar athlete 99-02
  • Queen of Basketball Senegal – 1998
  • MVP African Club Games – Dakar 1997
  • Queen of Basketball Mali – 1995
  • Member of Mali Olympic Team – Beijing 2008
  • Member of Mali World Championship Team – Czech Rep. 2010 | Brazil. 1996
  • Member of Mali national team since 1994
  • WNBA player 2002 – 2010 | Europe 2003 – 2010
  • Captain Djoliba AC, ODU, Mondeville, Mali’s National Team

Hamchetou Maig-Ba

Hamchetou Maiga-Ba started playing basketball at the age of 9 years old. “My mom played basketball and my dad soccer. I was fortunate to have them as they have always put a great deal of focus on not only sports but most importantly education. I played for 10 years in Mali and 8 months in Senegal.” From there she was offered a scholarship to attend Old Dominion University.

Hamchetou Maiga-Ba was the 2001 CAA Player of the Year. She was a three-time All-CAA selection and three-time All-Tournament pick. Maiga-Ba completed her career at ODU with 1,483 points. She led the Lady Monarchs in rebounding, both in 2001 at 7.4 and 2002 at 8.1, and hauled down a career high 20 rebounds against SMU in March of 2000.

She also helped lead the Lady Monarchs (Old Dominion University Women Basketball)  to the 2002 NCAA Elite eight and the CAA championship, and was selected to the CAA’s All-Defensive squad.

After my 4 years, Maiga-Ba was selected in the second round of the WNBA draft in 2002 by Sacramento where she teamed with another Lady Monarch great Ticha Penicheiro to help the Monarchs win the 2005 WNBA title. She then was drafted by the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA. She played professionally for nine years while combining seasons both in the US and Europe. She then was drafted by the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA. She played professionally for nine years while combining seasons.

During the 2008–09 WNBA off-season, she played in the Czech Republic with Brno. During the 2009–2010 off-season, she played in France with Tarbes GB.

With Mali

Maïga was the captain of the Mali squad which won the FIBA Africa Championship for Women 2007. By winning the tournament, Mali qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Maïga was the M.V.P. of the tournament. She helped lead her country to the 2008 Olympic games. Maiga Ba graduated with a degree in information systems. She was named to the CAA’s Silver anniversary team in women’s basketball.

In Mali

Hamchetou Maiga-Ba started the Hamchetou Maiga-Ba Foundation. “One of our goals is to better the lives of our boys and girls by arming them with life skills that will stay and guide them as they take on their life journeys, and building leaders of our society.

While in college at Old Dominion University she used to organize camps for Special Olympics athletes. After her career she became active with Specials Olympics in 2013, and became the Founding Chair of Special Olympics Mali in 2014. Through the Foundation she would like to have an impact on boys and girls using basketball for their education as well as improve inclusion of those with intellectual disabilities.


Old Dominion University Athletic Department
Hamchetou Maiga-Ba Foundation