"I had a good relationship with the coaching staff," Davis said. "I like the academic part, and it was a good fit for me. I like their style of play, up-tempo."
Davis, who had 21 offers from Division I programs, narrowed her list to five: Temple, James Madison, Massachusetts Amherst, Seton Hall and Texas at El Paso. She visited all but Seton Hall.
She said coach Tonya Cardoza told her she has a chance to play as a freshman for the Owls, who went 23-12 last season after finishing third in the American Athletic Conference and appearing in the Women's National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals.
At St. Frances last winter, Davis averaged 17.6 points and 14 rebounds per game, playing a major role in the Panthers' first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship in six years. They did not lose to an A Conference opponent all season.
"This summer, we went on the showcase circuit and we had already been developing — and you saw snippets of it last year — her shot from outside the arc," he said. "It's just that on my team and on St. Frances, we need her so much in the post. We have such great guards around her that we didn't need to exploit that part of her game. This summer, I just let her go, and the college coaches saw for themselves."
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In Friday night's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal, St. Frances scored 23 first-quarter points and St. Vincent Pallotti, which trailed by 15 at the half, could not make up the difference. Despite a much stronger second half from Pallotti, St. Frances maintained at least a 10-point lead en route to a 66-52 victory to earn a chance to play for its first IAAM championship since 2010.