AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: The above video is from when Kamie Ethridge's jersey was retired in September 2019.
Legendary University of Texas women's basketball player Clarissa Davis had her No. 24 jersey retired on a very fitting day – March 8, International Women's Day.
Davis – now Davis-Wrightsil – is only the second female Texas athlete to have her jersey retired. Before her was women's basketball player Kamie Ethridge, whose No. 33 jersey was retired during UT's football game against LSU in September 2019.
Legendary Longhorns pitcher Cat Osterman will become No. 3 – and the first-ever UT softball player to have a jersey retired – when her No. 8 jersey is officially retired on March 25 as part of ceremonies surrounding UT softball's home game against UT Arlington.
According to UT, Davis played for the Longhorns from 1985-86 to 1988-89. During those years, Texas compiled a record of 124-10, winning the 1986 National Championship, advancing to the 1987 NCAA Final Four and making two additional NCAA Elite Eight appearances. UT said Davis was the 1986 NCAA Final Four's Most Valuable Player, totaling 56 points and 32 rebounds in the two-game span. The Longhorns also won the Southwest Conference Championship every year Davis was at UT.
Davis has a number of accolades to her name. According to UT, she was a two-time All-American for Texas; won the Wade Trophy and USBWA's National Player of the Year Award in 1989; was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006; and was a member of the inaugural class of the UT Athletics Hall of Honor in 2000.
Davis is one of only three players in Texas women's basketball history to pass the 2,000-point plateau and she ranks third in the program's history with 2,008 career points, according to UT. She is also the school's all-time career leader in scoring average at 19.9 points per game for her career and she holds three of the top-seven scoring games in the program's history.
According to UT, Davis helped USA Basketball earn gold medals at the 1986 World Championships and the 1987 Pan American Games. After she graduated from UT, she played on the bronze medal-winning 1992 U.S. Olympic team in Barcelona, averaging 13 points per game and setting the team record for three-point shooting percentage. She was also a member of Team USA's gold-medalist Goodwill Games team and bronze-medalist World Championship team in 1994.
According to UT, Davis earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1989. She served as the director of development for women's basketball with the San Antonio Spurs from 2000 to 2002 and was the chief operating officer of the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars from 2002 to 2006. She was an assistant coach at UT during the 2006-07 season and at Rutgers from 2008-09.
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