LUBBOCK, Texas – Kirsten Davis was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday, marking Texas Tech's first weekly player award of the fall.
Davis tallied three goals and picked up an assist in Tech's sweep of the Cougar Classic. She got on the board first with the game-winner in Friday's win over Loyola Marymount, then followed with her third five-point performance of the young season against UC Irvine. The Big 12 scoring leader punched in two goals in the opening 25 minutes, then assisted freshman Macy Schultz in the 84thto get back into a tie for the conference lead in that category as well.
Though the recognition only considers Davis' last week of play – which consisted of seven points in – her domination has been consistent all season.
Davis has gone off on non-conference opponents to open the season. It started right away in Tech's season opener at San Diego State, where she knocked in two goals and assisted another to become the first Red Raider to have five points in a game since Janine Beckie did so in 2014. She returned to Lubbock the following weekend, where she recorded yet another five points in the home opener against Oral Roberts and then dished out an assist in the Sunday rout over North Texas.
The third and fourth games of Tech's two-week home stand resulted in a five-point weekend during which Davis tallied a goal and two assists. Her goal against Arkansas State in the home stand finale gave her six in six games, officially putting her off to the fastest scoring start in program history.
Her play in Pullman would make her fast start seem supersonic, as the St. Louis native is now sitting on nine goals in eight games. Still, this offensive explosion has been done in the absence of two of Tech's most notable scorers in recent years: Ally Griffin and Jade King. While the offense misses some of its scoring leaders, the injuries suffered by the pair of forwards have neither held back Davis nor the rest of Tech's young attack.
This continued contribution, to Davis, comes from the team's depth and ability to work together.
"I think it just reflects what we've been doing in practice," Davis said. "We all know each other's personalities so well and we know how to play with each other. We know what the other people like and I think that's starting to show on the field. We've had multiple people score multiple goals and it's starting to pay off."
To head coach Tom Stone, the award – and her incredible start to the season as a whole – is yet another result of what Davis set herself up for with her offseason work.
"Every year she's been better than the year before," Stone said. "Her fitness is off the charts, and she's just been able to continue to grow in her finishing and her ability to create for other people."
In addition to leading the conference in every offensive category, Davis also sits at the top in assists, showing her ability to create chances for others.
"Her primary desire is to have the team win," Stone said. "She's been the best player on the field before and not scored, and she's fine with that. She's driven to score, but if we win the game she's fine with it. She's not one-dimensional. She's dangerous, and if you double team her she's going to find someone else with a good opportunity and help them be dangerous."
Davis and the rest of the Red Raiders travel to Tampa this week for their final non-conference matchup with No. 22 South Florida. It will be the Tech's first contest with a ranked team this season. First touch is set for 6 p.m.