Menlo College signs French point guard for women's hoops

Salome Cordinier has been a part of the French national women's basketball program. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.

Salome Cordinier has an Instagram picture of herself jumping for joy with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Perhaps that's how Menlo College women's basketball coach Shannon Spataro felt when announcing Cordinier's signing to attend the school next fall.

Cordinier, a 5-foot-7 point guard, became the second women's basketball player from France to sign in the last five seasons, joining Lauriane Cassou. She is a high school graduate from Lycée Honoré d'Estienne d'Orves in Nice, and enjoyed a wealth of experience at a young age.

She was a regular participant at the National Women's Basketball Final Four, where she made it four different times over a five-year run. As a freshman in high school, she made it in the under-15 division with her club team, Cavigal Nice Basket 06. She made it the following years with her under-18 team, and the under-20 team, finishing in the top-four each year.

She is officially a transfer from Faculté des Sciences du Sport, where she won the University Athletic Commission Prize for athletics and school performances during her first year.

"Salome is a very talented guard that can play either guard spot," Spataro said. "She's an excellent floor leader, a relentless defender and plays extremely hard all the time. Salome is also a very dedicated student and we are looking forward to her having a great career at Menlo."

Menlo's current season begins Thursday at UC Merced, with its home opener Saturday against Notre Dame De Namur.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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