Little more than a month removed from winning the NCAA title, former South Carolina women’s basketball stars are getting their WNBA careers off to a strong start.
Kaela Davis got off to a torrid start, in fact, not missing a shot until the fourth quarter of her first WNBA game. Davis scored 20 points for the Dallas Wings, leading the team to a 68-58 season-opening win against the Phoenix Mercury.
Davis was 6 of 10 from the field and hit all 8 of her free-throw attempts.
Davis was not alone in her solid start for Dallas, which also drafted former Gamecocks guard Allisha Gray in the 2017 WNBA Draft. Gray had 11 points in her debut, teaming up with her fellow former USC standout and first-round pick to net the victory.
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Davis was picked No. 10 overall by the Wings, rounding out the trio of top 10 picks that also featured Gray (No. 4) and center Alaina Coates (No. 2).
Coates did not make her debut this weekend. She continues to rehab an injury to her right ankle that sidelined her for the postseason, when the Gamecocks made a run to the program’s first national championship.
Davis and Gray left South Carolina following their junior seasons. They played one season each in a South Carolina uniform after transferring from Georgia Tech and North Carolina, respectively, and sitting out the 2015-16 season. In 2016-17, their lone season as Gamecocks, they were paramount in winning the national title with big postseason performances.