Sunday, February 1, 2009
There's magic at work when Quenese and Coco Davis share the court.
Coco (left) and Quenese Davis. Photo: Lauren Radack
Off the basketball court, Quenese and Coco Davis could be any two friends grabbing lunch or hitting the books. Most observers would overlook a slight resemblance in the shape of their eyes and the curve of their jaws.
But when the buzzer blasts and the court erupts with sound and motion, there’s no mistaking the chemistry that transforms these sisters into a potent force on the San Diego State women’s basketball team.
Together this season for the first time as Aztecs, the Davis sisters inject a unique blend of energy and excitement into the game. Their strong sense of each other displays on the court with moves that transcend the playbook.
“They make the kinds of plays coaches don’t write, the kind that happen when two people have been playing together for a long time,” said Beth Burns, SDSU women’s basketball coach. “They love, live and talk the game. It’s their life.”
Quenese (friends call her Q) was the first of the sisters to come to Montezuma Mesa. A freshman last season, she led the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in assists. She also ranked first in assists nationally among college freshmen. This year, as point guard and co-captain of the Aztecs, Quenese is the personification of Coach Burns’ strategy.
“Q plays the fast, full-court game that is our trademark. I can give her keys to the car and let her drive,” Burns said. “She joined when the team was at the bottom. She had to trust me and believe we could turn it around.”
That the Aztec women have turned it around this season is due to no single player. Certainly a measure of the credit belongs to four young team members – sophomore Jene’ Morris and freshmen Paris Johnson, Allison Duffy, and Coco Davis.
The youngest of seven Davis children, Coco is a star in her own right. A high school coach praised her “tremendous court vision,” and Burns applauds Coco’s work ethic and responsive style.
“After last year, I knew we needed a great guard,” Burns recalled. “I scouted others, but I kept coming back to Coco; she was the best. Because she works hard and asks questions, she gets better all the time.”
The Aztecs have been working hard this season to pull themselves up from a seventh place finish in the MWC last year and a ninth place finish the year before. Among the youngest teams in the MWC, they are poised to become a league powerhouse.
As Burns points out, when siblings commit to the same team, you know you’re doing something right.