Campus Life

Taal sets sights on Germany

University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women's basketball guard Lauren Taal is taking her game to the pro ranks after signing a contract to play with KuSG Leimen in Germany this fall.

The club is based in the town of Leimen, which is in the southwestern part of Germany and plays in the DBBL second division. Leimen is also the hometown of former World number one tennis player Boris Becker.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to continue my playing career overseas," says Taal. "It is something that I have worked towards for a long time and I am looking forward to getting over there and helping my team to be successful in any way I can."

Taal finished her career among the school leaders in many statistical categories. She leaves the program as second on the all-time scoring list with 1029 points, second in assists with 312 and the school record holder in steals with 192. She is also the school record holder for points in a single game with 34, which she set January 17, 2010 in Brandon versus the Bobcats.

This past season, the LCI grad led the conference in steals with 66 and the 'Horns in scoring and assists, averaging 12.4 points and 4.6 assists per game. She also set a Canada West single game record in steals with 13 versus the Manitoba Bisons on January 28th.

"My time as a Pronghorn has been instrumental in my development as a person, athlete, and student of the game," says Taal, who graduated from the program this past spring. "I am very grateful to my coaches, teammates, and family as well as other members of the community who have supported me throughout my five years here."

Taal will head to Germany in August to begin her pro career.