Sissoko opened the season with 24 points against Eastern Illinois. She was in double figures in her first four games. Then came a stretch uneven play often marred by a good number of turnovers.
But, lately, that has improved. Whalen decided to have Sissoko, who had been moving between the two forward positions, focus on power forward. And Sissoko, who works as hard after practice as anyone, decided to simplify her game.
"Playing the four, I learned to embrace it," she said. "And I've really tried to focus on finishing, just doing simple stuff. Every time I overdo things, it's not working well."