Injury does little to dwindle Megan Ford’s skill

By Andre Karimloo

An injury that brought Megan Ford’s freshman season to an abrupt
end did anything but stop what has now become an excellent career
as a Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball player.

Ford, a 6-foot-1-inch senior center is regarded as a key player
for the Broncos as they play out the remainder of the season in
hopes of making a deep postseason run.

“She’s very physical, plays hard and when she’s on the court its
all business,” said CPP head coach Danelle Bishop. “If I was
playing against her, I probably wouldn’t like her.”

This season Ford is averaging 14.4 points per game while
shooting 50 percent from the field, 78 percent from the free-throw
line and bringing down an average of 9.2 rebounds a game.

The Newhall, Calif. native leads the starters in all of these
categories and was chosen as the CCAA Player of the Week from Dec.
26 – Jan. 1.

Senior guard Rosslyn Beard said that Ford’s consistent play is
what the rest of the team anchors itself around.

“Our whole offense works through her,” said Beard. “She knows
the game really well and makes everybody better. She’s a great
passer.”

Ford’s career as a Bronco began in 2008 where she started the
first 15 games of the season before a torn ACL in a game against UC
San Diego brought her promising freshman campaign to a halt.

Although the road to recovery was strenuous, Ford was able to
battle back and regain confidence in her play.

“For me it was more of a mind game,” said Ford. “It was more of
me pressuring myself than anything else. There’s always doubts
about not being as good when you come back but my team and coaches
really supported me and got me through it.”

After coming back from the injury and playing through a solid
sophomore season, Ford experienced her greatest achievements as a
Bronco last year as a junior.

Last season, Ford started in all 33 games as the team went on to
win the West Region Championship before garnering national
attention with an appearance in the Elite Eight.

She was named to the NCAA Division II West Region All-Tournament
Team, the Daktronics All-West Region Second Team, the All-CCAA
First Team and received the CCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
award.

Ford said that the pressure to do well after receiving these
accolades does not interfere with her day-to-day performance on the
court.

“It was difficult at times to deal with it,” she said.” I had to
learn to stop, take a deep breath and relax. In the end there’s not
really too much pressure, I just have to come out and do my best to
help the team.”

Now in her fourth and final year on the team, Ford is a veteran
leader who attempts to pass on information to younger players in
order to keep the Broncos moving forward in a winning
direction.

“I try to teach them things that I’ve had to learn through the
years,” she said. “I show them certain skills that can improve
their game.”

On Thursday, in her team’s victory over Cal State East Bay, Ford
recorded her 1,000th career point as a Bronco.

Aside from basketball, one of Ford’s greatest passions is
horses.

She has been riding since the age of 5 and at one point rode
competitively. She conveniently has one of her horses living in the
stables at CPP.

“I usually wake up early in the morning before class and go
riding,” said Ford. “I also try to ride him before games, it’s a
very good stress reliever.”

Once her college career is over, Ford has aspirations to one day
become a firefighter. She is also considering the option of playing
professional basketball overseas.

Megan Ford

Gloria Gonzalez / The Poly Post

Megan Ford

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