Baker signs contract with Marburg of German League
MARBURG, Germany – Former Campbell women's basketball standout Tonisha Baker (High Point, N.C.) has signed a professional contract with the Marburg Blue Dolphins, a women's basketball club based out of Marburg, Germany.
"We are so excited for Tonisha," said head coach Wanda Watkins. "She has worked diligently for this opportunity, and I am sure she will be an asset to the Marburg organization. I know our entire Campbell women's basketball family swells with pride and celebrates with her as she continues her brilliant career in the professional ranks. We wish her the very best and look forward to watching her progress."
Marburg is a part of the DBBL, the Women's Basketball Federation League in Germany, and finished 10th last season with at 8-14 record. The team is made up of players from both Europe and the United States.
"I am nearly speechless, but I can finally say that I did it," said Baker on signing her first contract." I have worked very hard all my life for this opportunity."
Baker becomes the second Lady Camel to sign a professional contract with Marburg as April Cromartie (1998-02) joined the squad in 2002-03 following her playing career in Buies Creek, N.C. Regina McKeithan (1984-88) also played a season in Germany for Luxemburg in 1989-90.
"It has been quite a process to be a part of and there is a lot that goes into the business side of the game of basketball once you get on the professional level," said Baker. "You have to be determined and willing to go after your dreams because you never know what could happen until you put forth the effort."
Since graduating in May, the High Point, N.C., native has been training and waiting for an opportunity to present itself. That opportunity occurred the week of June 16, when she traveled to Germany for a professional tryout and was named to the all-star team prior to signing her contract on June 18.
"The camp was a great opportunity for the players to showcase their talents," said Baker. "Getting named to the all-star team was a great honor. The time change was challenging, so I was excited, humbled and thankful after completing the camp."
The High Point, N.C., native finished her four-year career with Campbell by totaling 1,526 points, 672 rebounds, 363 assists and 264 steals. The three-time All-Conference performer registered a .466 shooting pct. and hit at a .369 rate from three-point range.
She finished third on the Lady Camels' charts in three-point pct. (.369), steals (264) and field goals attempted (1,301), while ranking sixth in blocked shots (50), assists (363), field goals made (606) and points (1,526).
Baker, the program's all-time leader in games played with 121, became the 16th member of the school's 1,000-point club and the 19th player to gather 500 rebounds. Baker achieved 12 double-doubles and posted 13 20-point and four 30-point games, while reaching double figures on 76 occasions.
During the 2012-13 campaign, she finished 15th nationally with 3.21 steals per game, pacing the Big South Conference.
"Being able to represent Campbell on the professional stage is a wonderful feeling," said Baker. "I will be sure to display my Campbell Pride, while I am here."
The Marburg Blue Dolphins begin the 2013-14 DBBL season on Sep. 29 when they play at TSV 1800 Wasserburg.