Josephine Owino

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Josephine Owino
Personal information
Born (1983-08-28) 28 August 1983 (age 32)
Mombasa, Kenya
Nationality Kenyan
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Career information
College Union (2005–2009)
WNBA draft 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Washington Mystics
Position Center

Josephine Owino (born 28 August 1983, in Kenya) is a Kenyan professional basketball player in the WNBA, formerly playing for the Washington Mystics.[1]

Owino is from Mombasa and she went to the Mombasa High School and then played for Kenya Commercial Bank in the Kenyan league,[2] before moving to the US she also played briefly for Kenya Ports Authority.[3]

She played for Union University, Jackson, Tennessee from 2003 to 2009. The team participated that participate in the NAIA's TranSouth Athletic Conference (Division 1). She was selected NAIA's player of the year in 2008 and 2009. She has played for the Kenyan national team, debuting in 2000.[4]

She was selected by Washington Mystics in the 2009 WNBA Draft and became the first Kenyan player in WNBA.[2]

She was waived by the Mystics three games into the season when a replacement needed to be signed for the injured Marissa Coleman.


  1. ^ "2009 WNBA Transactions". Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ a b Daily Nation, 1 April 2009: Kenya’s Owino joins top USA basketball team
  3. ^ Daily Nation, 2 April 2009: Dribbling to the American dream
  4. ^ Union University Profile