Incoming Lipscomb freshman Jessica Davies’ summer basketball experience differed from the typical summer workouts. Instead of participating in 2-on-1 drills, Davies was busy suiting up for the U18 England women’s national basketball team for the FIBA U18 European Championship.
“I felt extremely proud and a great sense of responsibility to represent England at the U18 European Championships,” Davies said. “It is a great tournament, and you get to play against some of the best girls in your age group in Europe.”
Over the course of eight games, Davies accumulated averages of 5.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in route to her team finishing 12th out of 20 teams.
Davies also made 14 of her 31 field goal attempts and 11 of her 14 free throws for shooting percentages of 45.2 and 78.6 respectively, the highest qualifying mark for England in both categories.
Davies first started her journey to a spot on the English national team when she was 13.
“When I started playing basketball on my transfer to secondary school at age 13, I was selected to play for the County team,” Davies said. “At the County tournament I was selected to join an East of England squad to compete in an inter-regional tournament. It was at this inter-regional tournament that I was picked to become part of the U15 England basketball development squad.”
The Watford, England native has suited up for England in national tournaments in each of the past three years.
“I spent two years training with the development squad before representing England at the European Championships at U16 level in 2013 and twice at U18 level in 2014 and 2015,” Davies said.
Davies believes that the national team experience will help prepare her for the competition she will face at Lipscomb.
“The training and preparation for the European championships is intense,” Davies said. “Many of the countries represented have basketball as their national sport, and so the standard of play is high and very competitive.
“It’s a great learning experience. I will take a lot of lessons I learnt forward with me, and I feel the level of play has equipped me well for the standard of basketball I will be playing at Lipscomb.”