Lady Bears forward Nina Davis, a junior, won some jewelry this summer – a gold medal at the World University Games in South Korea. The 5-foot-11 All-American experienced quite the ride as she helped team USA go undefeated en route to an 82-63 victory over Canada in the championship game.
“[The experience] is definitely one of a kind,” Davis said. “It’s something I always dreamed of and wanted to do, and now I have. It was everything I thought it would be and more.”
Davis becomes the second Lady Bear to earn gold at the World University Games behind former teammate Odyssey Sims who won in 2011 and 2013.
Davis averaged five points, shooting 60 percent from the floor, while grabbing 2.8 rebounds in 10.5 minutes of action in the tournament.
“Being able to play on the USA team and represent your country [at that level] is an opportunity that many people don’t get to do,” Davis said. “It was such a blessing to be a part of.”
Baylor teammate Kristy Wallace also got the chance to perform on the international stage as a member of team Australia in the 2015 FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship in Russia.
Wallace helped guide team Australia to a bronze medal in a 69-62 win over Spain in the third-place game.
The sophomore guard finished second on the team with ten points per game, while leading the Gems in assists with 3.6 per game.
This marks the second year in a row that Wallace has represented Australia on the international level.
Last year, she took part in the 2014 FIBA Oceania U18 Championship for Women where she averaged 11.8 points and 3.2 assists per game.
Her play last year helped the Gems qualify for this summer’s tournament.
Both players were able to gain experience that could prove useful for the Lady Bears coming off of their fifth straight Big 12 title last season. summer to the team.