MOSCOW, Idaho—Ali Forde, a recent Idaho graduate, did not waste any time looking for her next opportunity on the basketball court. Just a few weeks removed from gradation the former Vandal signed her first professional contract with the Bad Aibling Fireballs of the German Bundesliga.
“I am so pumped to have been given this opportunity,” Forde said. “Playing professionally has been a goal of mine. I love the game of basketball and to be able to continue to play in a beautiful country like Germany is an amazing next step. I definitely feel blessed.”
Forde, a native of Woodinville, Wash., was voted Big Sky Honorable Mention in her senior season. She totaled nine double-doubles on the year, giving her 21 for her career. In her final year as a Vandal she averaged a career-high 10.3 points per game. Her 23 points against Sacramento State marked a career-best.
The senior played a key role for Idaho in the Big Sky Tournament. She was voted an All-Tournament selection, averaging 13.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 2.0 assists per game. Forde scored 12 points to go with 13 rebounds, eight steals and four blocks in Idaho’s 86-71 win over Idaho State in the championship. She also recorded a career-high 17 rebounds in the Vandals’ semifinal win over Eastern Washington.
“I am really excited for Ali,” Idaho head coach Jon Newlee exclaimed. “She came into this season with the goal to play professional basketball. She worked extremely hard to get to this point. This season she put everything together, both offensively and defensively. She has a great opportunity in Germany. I am very proud of her.”
Forde, a four-year starter, finished her career at Idaho with 1,106 career points. She is second in school history with 244 career blocks. Forde’s 931 rebounds stand fourth in program history. She is the 10th most accurate shooter in Idaho history with a .498 career field goal percentage.
In her first two season the Vandals won the Western Athletic Conference, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Idaho transitioned to the Big Sky her junior year, winning the conference and returning to the NCAA Tournament as a senior.
Forde spent her first three years as a dual-sport athlete, splitting time with volleyball. She redshirted in 2012 and spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons as an outside hitter for the Vandals.
The Forde family is no stranger to professional sports. Her father, Brian, played football for the New Orleans Saints as well as in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Her brother, Maxx, currently plays for the BC Lions of the CFL.
The Bundesliga season begins in late September. Forde will make her way to Bad Aibling in late August.
About the Fireballs
The Fireballs are coming off a Bundesliga South championship. Based in Bad Aibling, Germany, 35 miles southeast of Munich, the Fireballs went 22-0 last season. The team moves up to the top league in the country for the 2016-17 season. European teams are allowed two Americans on the roster. Lindsay Sherbert (Gonzaga) was the FireGirls’ leading scorer in 2015-16. For more on the Bad Abling Fireballs go to www.fireballs.tv
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