LAURA DALLY SIGNS FIRST PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT IN GERMANY
TORONTO, May 30, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Laura Dally has signed a one-year contract with BG ’89 Avides Hurricanes Rotenburg of the Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL) in Germany.
Dally led the University of Saskatchewan to the program’s first ever Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Championship this past season. During the Final 8 Tournament, the 6’0’’ guard, averaged 19.7 points per contest and was named Player of the Game in the national championship final against Ryerson, scoring a team-high 25 points. During the regular season, Dally led her team in scoring with 17.2 points per game, shooting 39.5% from three-point range and 87.1% from the charity stripe. She also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Dally was named Canada West (CanWest) Outstanding Player of the Year and was a CIS 1st Team All-Canadian.
A Brights Grove, Ontario native, Dally graduated from Northern Collegiate Institute & Vocational School prior to starting her collegiate basketball with the University of Western Ontario in the Ontario University Athletics Division (OUA) of the CIS. In her first season as a Mustang, Dally was named to the OUA West Division All-rookie Team after averaging 6.9 points in 19.4 minutes per game. Dally built on her rookie campaign in 2011-12, averaging 12.4 points per game and earning an OUA West Division Second Team All Star selection. In 2012-13, she averaged 12.3 points per game and was again selected to the OUA West Division Second Team. Dally then transferred to the University of Saskatchewan for the 2014-15 season where she ranked first in the CIS shooting 47.2% from three-point range to go along with 14.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Dally has also been a fixture for Canada Basketball over the years. She has recently been selected to join the Senior National Team for their European Exhibition Tour this June. This will be the first phase of tune-up games in preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. Last summer, Dally earned a World University Games Silver Medal in Korea as a member of the 2015 Development National Team. She was also a member of the U18 National Team in 2010 when she was named a FIBA Americas First Team All-Star.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to start my professional career with the Hurricanes this season,” said Dally. “I believe it will be a great fit for me and I am ready to go in and do whatever it takes to win.”
The Avides Hurricanes anticipate Dally being an immediate contributor for them offensively.
“We were looking for someone who will help us with the offensive part of the game, but also add to our community and youth program, and we found both with Laura,” said Tomas Holesovsky, Avides Hurricanes Head Coach. “I am sure that both our club and our fans are looking forward to welcoming Laura into the Hurricanes family.”
The Avides Hurricanes finished the 2015-16 season in 7th place with a 10-12 record. The team believes Laura can use her experience on the domestic and international levels to bring them to the next level.
“Laura is a very talented and versatile guard who can score from anywhere on the court and is a good rebounder and defender, too,” said GM, Utz Buhrmann. “We were looking for a player with strong character who can lead our team and is a role model in for the club and community. That is what Laura seems to be and we are happy to have her on our team for the 2016-17 season.”