Clarissa Davis

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Clarissa Davis
Clarissa Davis, 1987 Pan American Games.JPEG
Medal record
Women’s Basketball
Competitor for the  United States
FIBA World Championship
Gold 1986 Moscow Team Competition
Pan American Games
Gold 1987 Indianapolis {{{2}}}
Olympic Games
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Team Competition

Clarissa Davis (born 4 June 1967 in San Antonio, Texas) is former Texas women's basketball All-American, who is also known as Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil. She is a National Player of the Year, Olympic and pro standout, and was inducted into The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2006. She was one of six inductees in the Class of 2006, which features four former players and two coaches. Davis played under coach Mike Floyd at John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas before playing at the University of Texas. She also played basketball in Europe with Galatasaray Istanbul and Fenerbahçe Istanbul in Turkey and won Turkish Championships with both this rival clubs.

At Texas[edit]

  • Garnered National Player of the Year recognition, receiving the Naismith Award in both 1987 and 1989 and the Wade Trophy in 1989[1]
  • As a senior in 1988-89, named Naismith National Player of the Year, U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Year, Champion and Mercedes Benz National Player of the Year
  • Two-time Kodak All-American and Naismith All-American, U.S. Basketball Writes Association All-American at the University of Texas (1987, 1989) ... consensus All-American
  • Earned Most Outstanding Player honors as a freshman at the 1986 Final Four, leading Texas to the NCAA Championship with a flawless 34-0 mark... Also led Texas to the NCAA Final Four (1986) and to the Final Eight twice (1988, 1989)
  • Named to both the NCAA and the Southwest Conference "Team of the Decade" for the 1980s, earning top honors as the SWC's "Athlete of the Decade"
  • Tallied 2,008 points during her collegiate career for an average of 19.9 ppg ... in the Texas career record book, she stands: 1st, scoring average; 3rd, scoring; 4th, rebound average (8.7 rpg); 5th, field goal pct. (.539); 8th, rebounding (887)
  • Set Texas single season records (as a senior) for points (843), scoring average (26.3 ppg) and free throws made (188)
  • Came to UT after starring at John Jay High School in San Antonio

USA Basketball[edit]

Davis-Wrightsil's first experience with international basketball came in 1986, when she was a member of the team that won a gold medal at the 1986 World Championship.[2] She also played in the 1986 and 1994 Goodwill Games, and the 1987 Pan American Games.[3] After serving as an alternate on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team, she played on the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, which received a bronze medal in Barcelona, and was the team's second-leading scorer (13.0 ppg.).

WNBA career[edit]

Clarissa Davis was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the second round (22nd pick overall) of the 1999 WNBA Draft. She played in fourteen games with the Mercury, averaging 9.3 points per game in her only season in the league.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

After her playing career, Davis-Wrightsil worked for the San Antonio Spurs organization from 1999 to 2002. She ran the Spurs' successful campaign to obtain the San Antonio Silver Stars as a WNBA franchise, and served as the Silver Star's Chief Operating Officer from 2002-2006.[5] Davis was an assistant coach for the University of Texas Longhorns women's basketball team during the 2006-2007 season. She left Texas after one season to take a similar position with C. Vivian Stringer's Rutgers University team in 2008. After helping the Scarlet Knights to the their fifth consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2008-2009 season, Davis-Wrightsil resigned to be with her ailing mother in Texas.[6] Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2006, Davis is also the founder of TEAMXPRESS, a non-profit sports-based mentoring organization for girls in San Antonio, TX.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Wade Trophy". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 
  2. ^ "TENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1986". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ "TENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1987". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. ^ "1999 Phoenix Mercury Stats." www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Rutgers Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Clarissa Davis Wrightsil Leaves Post." www.scarletknights.com, April 2, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  6. ^ Mehta, Manish. "Rutgers women's assistant coaach Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil resigns." www.nj.com, April 2, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  7. ^ "Our Founder: Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil." www.teamexpress.org. Retrieved September 30, 2013.

References[edit]

  • David L. Porter, ed. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-30952-6.