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February 23, 2012

Toledo to induct Kokomo great Davis into Hall

Basketball star left lasting impression on those around her

The University of Toledo was ready to give Tia Davis one of the highest honors the former Rocket women’s basketball player could receive recently.

There was a small catch though.

Toledo athletic director Mike O’Brien talked to Colorado State assistant women’s basketball coach Dick Lien about it hoping he could help. The two old friends had previously coached together at Wisconsin-Green Bay and were chatting when CSU and Toledo played this season.

“… To make a long story short, the athletic director Mike O’Brien was talking to Dick and they began to talk about me,” recalled Davis, a former Kokomo Wildkat standout, who had coached with Lien at CSU when her playing days ended. “[O’Brien] asked if he knew any way to get in touch with me because they didn’t have my current contact info and I was going to be inducted in the Hall of Fame.”

When Lien relayed that to Davis, it turned out to be news to her, welcome news at that. Davis, who played at Toledo from 1999-2003, will be at her old college stomping grounds this weekend as part of the new class of the University of Toledo Hall of Fame. There’s a dinner for the honorees today, then Saturday they’ll be introduced during both games of a Toledo women’s/men’s doubleheader.

“It’s really a great honor and I’m humbled by it all,” Davis said. “It just means so much that former alums, players, coaches, they thought highly of me and my impact I made on and off the court to nominate me to be included.

“It’s a really huge honor and I’m really thankful and blessed by it all.”

Davis was a standout at UT, scoring 1,099 points and snagging first-team all-MAC honors as a senior.

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