WACO, Texas – Seniors Khadijiah Cave and Nina Davis have both signed training camp contracts with defending champions Los Angeles Sparks.
“It’s a great opportunity, I’m thankful I received a call from them,” Cave said. “It’s all about timing and I’m happy to have this chance. I’m going to take it and do my best and hopefully I make the team.”
Cave became the 33rd player in program history to surpass the 1,000 career point mark and earned her first Big 12 Player of the Week honor in 2016-17. She closes her career fourth all-time in field goal percentage (.566) at Baylor.
The Augusta, Ga., native was rewarded with the Big 12 Sixth Man Award in 2015, after averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game off the bench. As a senior, Cave appeared in 34 games with two starts. She shot 62.9 percent from the floor and averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest.
“I’m thrilled,” Davis said. “It’s a blessing and a wonderful opportunity to be able to go to LA. They’re not just any team, they’re the champs, so I’m excited to get there and see what happens.”
Davis, a four-time WBCA All-American, put her mark on the Baylor program, ending her career second all-time in career field goal percentage (.572), starts (144) and free throw attempts (799), third in free throws made (552), fourth in rebounds (1,074) and field goals made (939), fifth in scoring (2,433) and field goal attempts (1,641) and tied for seventh in double-doubles (31).
The Memphis, Tenn., native is the only four-year Big 12 Championship Team honoree in conference history and also garnered her third Regional All-Tournament Team nod in 2017. Davis started all 37 games for the Lady Bears in 2016-17, leading the squad to the Elite Eight for the third straight year. She started all 37 games and averaged 13.0 points and 5.6 rebounds as a senior.
The LA Sparks won the 2016 WNBA Championship and return a talented roster including MVP Nneka Ogwumike, Finals MVP Candace Parker, Sixth Woman of the Year Jantel Lavender and First Team All-Defense Alana Beard.
Cave and Davis will go through the training camp process with a familiar face, as the Sparks acquired Baylor All-American Odyssey Sims in a trade with the Dallas Wings on Feb. 17.
“Odyssey has told me to go and be myself,” Davis said. “Have confidence in my game and do the things I’m capable of. I’m definitely excited to meet back up with her. My freshman year, playing with her they used to call us Batman and Robin. It was fun out there being able to feed off of her, so I’m excited to get to LA and be able to play with her again.”
“It’s an advantage that I’ve played with Odyssey one year,” Cave said. “She knows me a little bit and I know her game, even though she’s developed over the years. I feel like her knowing how I play, and me knowing how she plays will help me out a little bit.”
Fellow seniors Alexis Jones, a first round draft pick by the Minnesota Lynx, and Alexis Prince, a third round selection by the Phoenix Mercury, will also begin training camp with their respective teams on Sunday.
Jones became the seventh first round WNBA Draft pick in Lady Bear history, while Prince became the 13th player drafted all-time at Baylor. The program has had seven first round selections and six third round picks altogether, all under the direction of head coach Kim Mulkey.
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