When Marquel Davis arrived at Pitt three years ago, she made a pledge to herself. The junior would work on her defense first, as there were five upperclassmen in the lineup. Davis believed that would elevate her game and get her on the floor.
"I have tried to perfect my defense each year," said Davis. "When I steal the ball, I am so excited. When I just get a deflection, I get ticked at myself because I know if I was maybe a step ahead or a step more in the gap, then maybe we would have completely gotten the ball."
A native of Fredericksburg, Va., Davis had a team-high 35 steals last season and has 10 so far this campaign through seven games. The guard - who has worn a mask to protect an injury she suffered in preseason - has not given up on her offensive prowess having notched three double figure scoring games this young season.