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 Abiola Wabara 35
Abiola Wabara
Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Parma, Italy

High School:
Liceo Scientifico Marconi

Height:
6-0

Position:
F

Experience:
2L

- Will graduate in May 2006

As a junior (2005-06): Junior forward shared 2006 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors with Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and was named to the league's all-defensive team while also earning honorable mention All-Big 12 recognition ... No. 3 on club in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and T-No. 3 in scoring (8.7 ppg) ... Registered four points, eight rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes vs. Maryland ... Had 12 points and three rebounds in 25 minutes before fouling out for the fifth time this season in the New Mexico victory ... Tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in 31 minutes vs. Northern Arizona ... Totaled six points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 31 minutes before fouling out for the third time in last four games in Big 12 title game against Oklahoma ... Two points and five rebounds in 29 minutes vs. Texas A&M in semifinals ... Had 14 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes before fouling out vs. Kansas State in quarterfinals ... Registered 13 points and five rebounds in 33 minutes at Kansas State ... Tallied 11 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes at Texas A&M ... Recorded a career-high five steals at Oklahoma ... Totaled 13 points and eight rebounds vs. Nebraska ... Posted 13 points, four rebounds and four assists in a career-high 40 minutes vs. Oklahoma ... Registered 10 points and 11 rebounds against Texas A&M to post her third career double-double, all of which have been turned in this season ... Also had four assists, a career-high six blocked shots and two steals in a then-career-best 38 minutes of action against the Aggies ... Her six rejections equaled the fourth-highest single-game total in school history ... Tallied team-highs of 15 points and eight rebounds vs. McNeese State ... Had 14 points against Washington ... Registered a pair of double-doubles to open the season--a 13-point, 10-rebound effort against Georgia followed by a 10-point, career-best 13-rebound outing vs. UCLA ... Also had a career-high six assists and three blocks against the Bruins ... Netted a career-high 17 points in 32 minutes at Indiana ... Grabbed five or more rebounds 23 times, 10 or more three times ... Tallied six or more points in 24 contests while scoring in double-digits 13 times (Baylor was 12-1 in those games) ... Led Lady Bears in blocks with 40, recording at least one rejection in 22 contests, and two or more nine times ... Her 40 blocks ranked in a tie for No. 9 on Baylor's single-season performance list ... With 69 career blocks, she also ranks No. 10 on the Lady Bears' all-time chart ... Averaged 11.7 points vs. non-league foes compared to 7.4 in Big 12 play, 7.3 in the Big 12 Tournament and 9.3 ppg in three NCAA Tournament games ... No. 3 on squad in field goal shooting at 41.5 percent, she hit 33.0 percent (36-for-109) in Big 12 games and 26.9 percent (7-of-26) in the conference tournament, but shot 44.4 percent (12-of-27) in NCAA play ... Also led team in fouls (105) and was No. 2 in free throws attempted (134), No. 3 in total points (286), free throws made (80), offensive (71), defensive (121) and total (192) rebounds, No. 4 in field goals made (103) and attempted (248), assists (55), steals (44) and minutes played (815) ... One of three Lady Bears to start every 2005-06 game, she played 22 or more minutes 22 times on year including a career-high 40 minutes vs. Oklahoma to record first career complete game ... Posted 15 multi-assist games on season and 13 multi-steal outings ... Started 55 straight games (Baylor was 47-8 in that stretch) for the Lady Bears ... BU was 40-7 all-time when she contributed five or more points, including 18-2 when she reached double figures ... Shot 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from the free throw line over season's first five games, but connected at 63.6 percent clip (70-of-110) the last 28 games ... No. 12 in Big 12 in blocked shots (1.21 bpg) ... In league-games only, she ranked No. 8 in blocks (1.31 bpg) and T-No. 13 in steals (1.44 spg) ... Averaged 7.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 10 games vs. 2005-06 ranked (AP) opponents ... Contributed 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in BU wins compared to 6.9 ppg and 4.4 in lossess.

As a sophomore (2004-05): Abiola Wabara started each of the Lady Bears' final 22 games ... Joined teammate Sophia Young on the Tempe All-Region team after averaging 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while playing physical defense in both games ... Registered a career-high 15 points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes against Illinois State in Baylor's NCAA Tournament first-round victory ... Was 7-of-10 from the field against the Redbirds ... Shot 55.9 percent (19-of-34) in six NCAA contests while averaging 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game ... Had four points and five rebounds before fouling out in 22 minutes of play in second-round win over Oregon, then came back with nine points, a career-high tying seven rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes against Minnesota in Sweet 16 ... Against North Carolina in Tempe title game, she had seven points, six rebounds and a career-high tying three assists before fouling out in 26 minutes ... Had 12 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes vs. LSU in the semifinals ... Played 10 minutes in championship game vs. Michigan State where she hauled down two rebounds, dished out an assist and registered two steals ... Tallied nine points and six rebounds in a career-high 32 minutes vs. Missouri in Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, then had five points and six rebounds against Texas Tech in the semifinals and two points and no rebounds in 17 minutes vs. Kansas State in championship tilt ... Had 10 points and three rebounds in 22 minutes against Texas Tech at Waco before fouling out for the second time on the year vs. the Lady Raiders ... Grabbed five or more rebounds in 14 games, including a career-high seven boards three times (Sam Houston State, Missouri and Minnesota) ... Against Florida and Montana State, she produced back-to-back double-figure scoring games for the first time in her career, a then-career-high 12 points vs. Florida and 10 against Montana State, a feat she later matched with efforts against Oklahoma (a then-career-high 14 points) in Waco and at Texas (11) ... Recorded seven double-digit scoring games on year (Baylor was 6-1 in those contests), including two in five 2005 NCAA Tournament contests ... Drained first 3-pointer in her first attempt of the season at Texas A&M ... BU is 20-2 all-time when she contributes five or more points; including 17-1 in 2004-05 ... Started 23 games as a sophomore (the season-opener vs. LSU and each of the last 22) ... Played 10 or more minutes in 28 of 36 games with 13 stints of 20-plus minutes and a high of 32 against Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament.

As a redshirt freshman (2003-04): Sat out the first seven games of the season after playing in a league in Italy that included pro players ... Saw her first action on Dec. 15 when the Lady Bears hosted Southeastern Louisiana ... Had five points, a steal, a rebound and an assist in eight minutes of play ... Tied her season-high of minutes played with 15 against Iowa State ... Started in 11 games this season, including 10 of the last 11 ... Enjoyed her finest game of the season in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament when she recorded career-highs in scoring (9), rebounds (5), steals (3) and minutes played (21) against second-ranked Texas.

As a freshman (2002-03): Utilized a redshirt season.

Before Baylor: Comes to Baylor from Parma, Italy ... Has two Baylor connections ... Her aunt, who now lives in Houston, attended Baylor's Truett Seminary where she earned her doctorate ... She called the basketball office to tell of her niece who was a basketball player in Italy ... On Abiola's next visit to the United States, she and her aunt visited Baylor and the basketball offices ... Soon after, the paperwork was begun for Abiola to attend Baylor ... She also has a cousin from Nigeria who is a sophomoreat Baylor.

Personal: Full name is Nnena Abiola Wabara ... Nickname is Aby .. Daughter of Adebayo Wabara of Nigeria and Christianah Adebisi Roberts of Nigeria but currently resides in Parma, Italy ... Born October 23, 1981 in Parma, Italy ... Has a younger brother Temitope David (19) ... Graduated from Liceo Scientifico G. Marconi School in 2000 ... Undecided on a major ... Plans on becoming a doctor ... Likes to paint in her spare time.

Wabara's Career Stats

TOTAL3-PTSREBOUNDS
YearGPGSMinAvgFGFGAPct3FGFGAPctFTFTAPctOffDefTotAvgPFFOATOBlkStlPtsAvg
2003-0422118.81932455.43625.400712.5831125361.639017231115572.6
2004-05362358116.171150.47313.3335494.57443871303.6914325218251975.5
TOTALS583477413.395205.46338.37561106.575541121662.91304497529402544.4
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