Thursday, February 02, 2006

Clarissa Davis, Jay class of '85

Clarissa Davis, class of '85, was the best female basketball player in the country. The Parade All-American had a phenomenal inside/outside game and even scored 75 points in one high school game. Although known throughout the country for her basketball prowess, Clarissa dominated in three sports: basketball, volleyball, and the high jump. Clarissa's intimidating spikes and blocks in volleyball were truly a site to behold.
After her record-setting high school career, Clarissa led the University of Texas Longhorns to the 1986 NCAA Championship with an undefeated 34-0 record. Clo earned MVP honors during the Final Four. Clarissa was a TWO-TIME NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR. She was a three-time All-American during her collegiate career. Clarissa was named the Southwest Conference Player of the Decade for the 1980’s. She was inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor and the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.

Clarissa was a leading scorer on the 1992 bronze medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team in Barcelona, Spain. Clarissa and Reuben Reina both represented John Jay High School at the same Olympics!

Clarissa played ten seasons of professional basketball, including being an All-Star and scoring 35 points in the ABL finals. She played her last year for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA.

Clarissa was instrumental in bringing the WNBA to San Antonio and acted as General Manager of the San Antonio Silver Stars. She returned to UT as a basketball coach.


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