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Arizona women’s basketball hires Ashley Davis as assistant coach

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The Arizona women’s basketball program announced Thursday the hiring of Ashley Davis as its new assistant coach.

She joins the Wildcats after spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State. Before that, Davis spent two seasons as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at North Texas and four seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown.

She replaces April Phillips, who left for Texas after re-joining the Wildcats for two months.

“I am excited to welcome Ashley Davis to our family,” Arizona head coach Adia Barnes said in a statement. “Ashley has worked in this business for over a decade and brings a ton of experience on the floor and on the recruiting trail. She is aligned with this program as far as her values, work ethic and integrity, and I love Ashley’s energy, enthusiasm and her desire to want to make Arizona better. Our student-athletes are going to love her and I have no doubt she will represent the program with a championship mentality. I saw what she did at Oklahoma State over the last six years and I know that she is a star in this industry.”

OSU made three NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT during Davis’ tenure. She helped coach four All-Americans, five All-Big 12 selections, three WNBA Draft picks and five 1,000-point scorers. Davis also helped recruit and coach Braxtin Miller, who was on the Big 12 All-Freshman team and became an All-American.

Davis is originally from San Antonio and was a four-year letterwinner at TCU where she twice was named an all-conference player.

When her career ended, she was one of nine players in school history with over 1,000 points. She also ranked second in school history in 3-pointers made (232) and free-throw percentage (81.4) and fifth in career 3-point field-goal percentage (36.4)

Davis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2005 and received her master’s in educational administration in 2007.

Davis joining Arizona’s staff means the Wildcats have two assistants from Texas. Erin Grant, who was hired away from USC this offseason, is from Arlington.

“The University of Arizona is a very special place,” Davis said in a statement. “Coach Barnes is the best coach in the country and I am honored to be a part of this program. I am looking forward to building relationships with our student-athletes, alumni, the Arizona Athletic department and the Tucson community. I can’t wait to get started.”

Some info used from UA press release.