November 11, 2020 –
Temple senior forward Mia Davis is listed on two women’s basketball preseason award watch lists. The Basketball Hall of Fame placed Davis on the list of twenty small forwards for the Cheryl Miller Award. In addition the Owls senior was named to as a watch list player for the Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award.
The Cheryl Miller Award recognizes the top small forwards in women’s college basketball and is part of a group called the Women’s Starting Five. The additional honors presented are the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, and the Lisa Leslie Center Award.
Previous winners of The Cheryl Miller Award were Satou Sabally (Oregon 2020), Bridget Carleton (Iowa State 2019), and Gabby Williams (Connecticut 2018).
The Becky Hammon Award is in its second year of existence. Ciara Duffy of South Dakota was the inaugural winner. Hammon was a three-time All-American during her career at Colorado State. She retired in 2014 as a WNBA All-Star and was twice a league First Team honoree. in 2014 she was a coach for the San Antonio Spurs.
Davis was named to the American Athletic Conference First Team this past season. She was also the Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year in addition to being a USBWA All-American Honorable Mention. The Baltimore native was a top-ten finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award for the 2019-20 season.
In the previous campaign Davis averaged a team-leading 18.8 points per game and 10.2 rebounds, and has posted 35 career double-doubles. She was first in the American in rebounding. Davis also led the team in minutes (35.6 per game), made field goals (213), field goal shooting percentage (47.2%), and made free throws (127).
Kayla Padilla of the University of Pennsylvania was also placed on the watch list.
Other local players who appeared on the Hammon Award list are Natalia Kucowski of Lafayette, and Carlie Littlefield from Princeton.
Written By: Glenn Papazian