Ezell Announces Addition of Kati Ollilainen to Signing Class
* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE -- Wyoming Cowgirl head basketball coach Heather Ezell has announced an additional signing to the class of 2023 in Kati Ollilainen, a 5-9 guard from Helsinki, Finland.
“We are excited to add Kati to our program,” Ezell said. “Kati and her family fit what we are all about here at Wyoming. Kati continues the international pipeline for us and brings tremendous basketball experience to our team. She has been surrounded by outstanding club coaches in Finland and will impact our team as soon as she steps on campus.”
Ollilainen has spent the past two seasons as the team captain of HBA-Märsky (Helsinki Basketball Academy) in the Naisten Korisliiga, the highest tier league in Finland. Through four games this season with Märsky, Ollilainen is averaging 18.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game in 33 minutes of action.
The 2018-19 U19 Finnish League Player of the Year averaged nearly 20 points per game to go along with 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per that season. Ollilainen also has extensive FIBA experience, where she was selected to play for the Finnish National Team at the 2021 FIBA Women’s Eurobasket Qualifiers.
Ollilainen has also played on the U18 and U16 Nordic Champions for Finland, where she was selected to the All-Star Five at both tournaments. She was also named the team captain for the U20 Finnish National Team, as well as the U18 and U16 national teams.
During European Championship play, Ollilainen has impressed throughout her career. At the FIBA U20’s, she averaged 10 points, five rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in seven contests. In five games at the U16’s, she averaged 13.2 points, 7.6 boards and 3.4 assists per game.
During Division B play, also at the U16’s, where she helped her squad to promotion to the “A” Division, Ollilainen averaged 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game during eight games of action.
Ollilainen joins a trio of signees for the Cowgirls last week as she rounds out the 2023 Cowgirl recruiting class alongside Mikyn Hamlin, Maren McKenna and Madison Symons.
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