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Cheryl Ford #32 Forward

Cheryl Ford

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CAREER CAPSULE:
Three-time WNBA Champion (2003, 2006, 2008) ... Four-time WNBA All-Star (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) ... Named 2007 WNBA All-Star Game MVP ... Ranks second in WNBA history in rebounding average (9.7) ... All-WNBA Second Team: 2003, 2006 ... Named to the 2006 All-WNBA Defensive Second Team ... Selected in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2003 WNBA Draft ... Selected WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2003 ... Averaged a double-double as a rookie with 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game ... Spent three seasons (2010-12) away from the WNBA, competing internationally in Poland, Czech Republic, Italy and Turkey.

2009: Started in all 29 games that she appeared in ... Averaged 8.6 points and 7.4 rebounds ... Ranked seventh in rebounds per game ... Posted four double-doubles for the season ... Recorded 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals as single-game best vs. Phoenix Mercury (9/1).

2008: Suffered an ACL tear to her right knee vs. Los Angeles (7/22) ... Started all 24 games she played in and averaged 10.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 26.5 minutes per game ... Scored in double digits in 13 of the 24 games played including scoring in double digits in every game in July ... Picked up her fifth double-double of the season vs. Sacramento (7/20) – 67th of her career...Grabbed her 500th offensive rebound, 1,000th defensive rebound and 1,500th total rebound at Minnesota (5/18) ... Moved into second place on the Shock All-Time Steals list vs. New York (5/25) with 196 total steals ... Moved into seventh place on the franchise’s All-Time Assists list at Sacramento (6/6) with 176. Playoffs: Did not play due to an ACL injury.

2007: With six steals vs. the Minnesota Lynx, tied the Shock team record for most steals in a game, and broke her career high of four steals ... Suffered two injuries (June 15 vs. Conn and July 20 at Ind.) during the season, the second of which ended her regular season Playoffs: Led the Shock in rebounds, averaging 9.2 per game, third best in the WNBA for the postseason ... Picked up her 12th career postseason double-double with her 15 pt, 11 reb. performance at Indiana ... Averaged 6.9 points per game during the postseason.

2006: Finished 12th in the WNBA in scoring (13.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.498, 157-315) and tied for 15th in blocks per game (0.78) ... Led the Shock in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throws made (129) and free throws attempted (199) ... Finished second on the team in blocked shots and steals (1.19) ... Led or tied for the team lead in scoring on 10 occasions and rebounding on 29 occasions ... Only player in the league to average a double-double on the year. Playoffs: Set a WNBA postseason record with 23 rebounds vs. Connecticut on August 24 ... Was the league’s leading rebounder in the postseason averaging 10.3 per game ... Led the team in field goal percentage (.524, 46-88), made free throws (42) and free throw attempts (56) while ranking second on the team in steals (1.30) and third in scoring (13.4) ... Recorded five double-doubles and was the only player to average a double-double in the playoffs ... Connected on 58.3 percent of her shots (21-36) in the WNBA Finals ... Led the team in rebounding (8.8), made free throws (22) and free throw attempts (28) in the Finals while ranking second in steals (1.40) and third in scoring (12.8).

2005: Finished fifth in the WNBA in blocked shots (46) ... Tied a Shock record with six straight games with at least 10 rebounds (May 22 – June 12) ... Led or tied for the team lead in scoring on six occasions, in rebounding on 21 occasions and in assists on one occasions ... Became the Shock’s career leader in total rebounds at New York on May 22. Playoffs: Led the Shock in field goal percentage (.444, 8-of-18) and rebounding (7.0) and tied for the team lead with two blocked shots in Detroit’s two-game series loss to Connecticut.

2004: Started for the team of WNBA All-Stars that played the US Women’s Senior National Team at Radio City Music Hall ... Ranked second in the WNBA in rebounding ...Recorded the Shock’s first-ever 20-20 game and the sixth in league history with a season-high 21 points and a career-high 22 rebounds at San Antonio on May 22 ... Her 12 offensive rebounds at San Antonio on May 22 were a league record ... Led the Shock in rebounding, ranked second in free throw attempts (158), and third in made free throws (93), steals (41) and blocked shots (25) ... Led the Shock in scoring on six occasions and rebounding 20 times. Playoffs: Led the Shock in rebounding (11.7) and blocked shots (7) and was second among regulars in field goal percentage (.447, 17-of-38) ... Recorded one double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds vs. New York on September 24 ... Scored a team-high 21 points at New York in Detroit’s 76-66 win in Game 2 of the first round ... Led or tied for the team lead in rebounding in all three postseason games.

2003: Finished second in the WNBA in rebounding and ninth in field goal percentage (.474, 128-of-170) ... Led the team in rebounding and field goal percentage, ranked second in free throw attempts (129) and blocked shots (31) and third in made free throws (88) ... Led team in scoring three times and rebounding 23 times ... Recorded franchise single-season record 15 double-doubles. Playoffs: Led the Shock in rebounding (10.0) and steals (11) and was second in free throw percentage (.826, 19-of-23) ... Recorded 10 or more rebounds on five occasions ... Posted three double-doubles including 10 points and 11 rebounds in the championship clinching game vs. Los Angeles on Sept. 16.

COLLEGE:
Named WAC Player of the Year by league coaches as a senior for the second straight year ... Named All-WAC First team ... Earned WAC Tournament MVP honors ... Honorable mention Associated Press All-American ... Made the WAC All-Tournament team ... Made the NCAA Tournament West Region All-Tournament team ... Averaged 15.7 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game as a senior... Ranked No. 3 in the nation in rebounding ... Hit 48 percent of her field goals and 63 percent of her free throws ... Scored a career-high 28 points against Tulsa ... Pulled down 10 or more rebounds 26 times, while recording 24 double-doubles on the year ... Pulled down a career-high and Western Athletic Conference record 25 rebounds in the WAC Tournament championship game win over Fresno State ... Broke the WAC single season rebounding record with 423, old record was 311 ... Broke the WAC single season rebounds per game (league games only ) record with 14.0, old record was 12.0 ... Her 423 rebounds ranks No. 2 in the Louisiana Tech record books for a single season, trailing only Pam Kelly (79-80) who had 491 in 45 games ... Finished her collegiate career ranked 20th in Tech’s record book in scoring (1,380), 7th in free throws made (334), fifth in free throws attempted (541), seventh in double-doubles (36), fourth in single-season double-doubles (24), sixth in career blocks (173) and seventh in rebounds (1056).

Personal

Daughter of Bonita Ford of Haynesville, and NBA legend Karl Malone . . . Has three brothers, Daryl Ford, Larry Ford, Karl Malone Jr. and four sisters, Thelma Ford, Kadee Malone, Kylee Malone and Karlee Malone . . . Majored in health and physical education at Tech . . . Born in Homer, La.

Career Transactions

Drafted in the first round (third overall) of the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock.