Cheryl Ford

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This article is about the WNBA player. For former Seattle SuperSonics forward, see Sherell Ford.
Cheryl Ford
WNBA's New York Liberty
Born (1981-06-06) June 6, 1981 (age 33)
Homer, Louisiana
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg)
College Louisiana Tech
Draft 3rd overall, 2003
Detroit Shock
WNBA career 2003–present
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Detroit Shock (2003–2009)
New York Liberty (2013)
Awards and honors
WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2003)
WNBA All-Star (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
WNBA All-Star MVP (2007)
WNBA Champion (2003, 2006, 2008)
WNBA rebounding champion (2005, 2006)

Cheryl Ford (born June 6, 1981) is an American professional women's basketball player.

Personal information[edit]

Cheryl Ford is the daughter of Bonita Ford and former NBA player Karl Malone. She has a twin brother named Daryl and is the half sister of NFL offensive tackle Demetress Bell.

High school[edit]

Ford played for Summerfield High School in Summerfield, Louisiana, where she was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 1999 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored two points.[1]


Ford was a standout collegiate player at Louisiana Tech University. In 2003, she was named to the Associated Press' All-America Honorable Mention team. She was also named the Western Athletic Conference "Player of the Year" in 2002 and 2003.

USA Basketball[edit]

Ford was named to the National Team representing the USA at the 2006 World Championships, held in Barueri and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The team won eight of their nine contests, but the lone loss came in the semifinal medal round to Russia. The USA beat Brazil in the final game to earn the bronze medal. Ford averaged 3.4 points per game.[2]


In 2003 she was drafted as the No. 3 overall pick in the first round by the Detroit Shock in the WNBA Draft.

In just her first year in the league, Ford led the Shock from a worst to first record and a WNBA championship in 2003. She is the first player to have won the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award and a WNBA championship in the same year. Afterwards, she played for the Dallas Fury in the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) under Coach Nancy Lieberman.

On July 15, 2007, Ford won the WNBA All-Star Game MVP Award in Washington, D.C. when the East beat the West 103–99.

Ford missed the rest of the 2008 WNBA season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury in her right knee, sustained on July 22, 2008 during a game against the Los Angeles Sparks. A brawl had broken out and Ford sustained the injury while attempting to restrain her teammate.[3]

During the 2009 WNBA season, Ford averaged 7.4 rebounds per game and 8.6 points per game.[4]

In January 2010, Ford signed a deal with Polish team CCC Aquapark Polkowice from 1st division league Ford Germaz Ekstraklasa (PLKK).

On September 12, 2012, The Canik Belediyesi basketball club was announced as having signed Ford, as well as New York Liberty veteran Janel McCarville.

WNBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  Bold  Career high League leader

Regular season[edit]



  1. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  2. ^ "FIFTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2006". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ford tore ACL against Sparks before brawl broke out". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Cheryl Ford Playerfile". WNBA. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 

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