Thursday, February 02, 2006

Clarissa Davis, Jay class of '85

Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil, class of '85 has been a star as long as we can remember. As a middle schooler at Pease, she walked around campus spinning a basketball on her finger. Clo was the best volleyball player Texas high schools had ever seen (until Jay's Demetria Sance 10 years later). Naturally, she excelled in the high jump during track season. In hoops, she was a Parade All-American basketball player who actually scored 75 points in one game for Jay. The entire Jay boys' team rarely scores that many points.

After the record-setting high school career, Clarissa led the University of Texas Longhorns to the 1986 NCAA Championship with a 34-0 record and earned MVP honors during the Final Four. She was a two-time national Player of the Year and a three-time All American during her collegiate career. She was also named Southwest Conference Player of the Decade for the 1980’s and is an inductee in the UT Hall of Honor.

As the second-leading scorer on the 1992 bronze medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team in Barcelona, Spain, Clo averaged 13 points per game and set the team record for 3-point shooting. She said she would run into Reuben Reina in the Olympic Village as TWO Jay Mustangs proudly represented us in the Barcelona Olympics!

Clarissa played seven seasons of professional basketball in Turkey, Japan and Italy prior to playing two seasons in the American Basketball League where she was an ABL All Star and set a league record by scoring 35 points in the finals. Clo finished her career in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury.

Recently, Clarissa was instrumental in bringing the WNBA to San Antonio and acted as General Manager of the San Antonio Silver Stars before going back to UT to become a basketball coach.

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