By Andrew Lipton
Special To Daly Dose Of Hoops
The Fordham women’s basketball team had a wonderful season in 2016-17, and its leading rebounder and scorer, G’mrice Davis was stellar.
The Rams finished the season with a 22-12 record, finishing fifth out of 14 teams in its Atlantic 10 Conference in the regular season, just two games behind the conference leaders. The Rams were invited to postseason play, and advanced to the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Hailing from Philadelphia, the 6-foot-2 Davis was true to her roots in the City of Brotherly Love, as she brought a lot of love to her teammates in the Bronx, finishing second in the nation in rebounding. She led Fordham in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.
Capping off the season, Davis was named first team All-Met by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers' Association. At the MBWA’s annual dinner, where she was honored, I met her mother, a lovely woman who beamed with joy.
On June 22 - the second day of summer – a beautiful warm and sunny day, on the beautiful Fordham campus of expansive green lawns and gothic buildings, I had the opportunity to find out how G’mrice Davis was continuing to improve her basketball skills as she enters her senior year of college. It is a time of year when college players work on their games without the public attention that comes once the games begin.
I was warmly welcomed by head coach Stephanie Gaitley and her staff, and watched G’mrice and three of her teammates; Lauren Holden, Breanna Cavanaugh, and Kristen Ryan, go through varied and intensive shooting drills inside the gym at Fordham’s Lombardi Fieldhouse. I had the opportunity to speak with Gaitley and Davis in the following video: