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Alison Bales

Alison Bales
Personal information
Born (1985-04-04) April 4, 1985
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school Beavercreek (Beavercreek, Ohio)
College Duke (2003–2007)
WNBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Indiana Fever
Pro career 2007–present
Position Center
Number 33
Career history
2007–2008 Indiana Fever
Atlanta Dream
Stats at

Alison Marie Bales (born April 4, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player of the WNBA.

High school

At the age of five, her family moved from Indianapolis, Indiana, where she was born, to the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio; she played high school basketball for Beavercreek High School. Bales was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2003 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored three points.[1]


After her senior year she committed to Duke University to play for the Duke Blue Devils women's basketball team. At 6' 7" she played Center (basketball) for Duke, and later became the all-time shot block leader at Duke and 3rd all-time in NCAA history. In the 2006 NCAA Women's Tournament, Bales set a Women's Tournament record by blocking 30 shots in six games (Duke lost to Atlantic Coast Conference rival Maryland in the championship game). This would stand as a record until it was broken by Baylor's Brittney Griner in 2010. Bales graduated from Duke with a double major in cultural anthropology and biology.

Duke statistics

Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003-04 Duke 24 78 55.8 - 69.0 2.8 0.5 0.3 1.2 3.3
2004-05 Duke  36 276 48.0 100.0 67.0 6.6 1.9 0.5 3.7 7.7
2005-06 Duke  35 318 52.6 - 78.6 6.7 1.1 1.2 3.4 9.1
2006-07 Duke  34 403 46.4 50.0 74.2 7.8 2.0 1.1 4.4 11.9
Career Duke  129 1075 49.1 66.7 73.4 6.2 1.5 0.8 3.4 8.3

WNBA career

On her birthday, Bales was drafted No. 9 overall by the Indiana Fever in the 2007 WNBA Draft. After a season and a half with Indiana, Bales was traded to the Atlanta Dream for Kristen Mann on July 4, 2008. She would complete the season with Atlanta, and then be traded to the Phoenix Mercury on January 21, 2009 for the 18th pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft.[3] Bales was waived by the Phoenix Mercury on June 4, 2009. After another season overseas, Bales was picked back up by the Atlanta Dream.

Over the course of her WNBA career, Bales averaged 3.8 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game.

On April 10, 2012, Bales announced her retirement to attend medical school.

Overseas career

Bales also played for the Dynamo Moscow professional basketball club in Russia during the winter of 2007–2008. She is currently playing in the offseason for L Union Jainaut Basket Saint Amon in France.

She played for Turkey's Samsun during the 2008–09 off-season.[4]


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  3. ^ Dream Trades Bales to Phoenix for Second Round Pick
  4. ^ Offseason 2008–09: Overseas Roster

External links

  • Alison Bales' Playerfile
  • Indiana Fever Official Website
  • Dream trades Mann for Bales
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