Mocs' Shelbie Davenport eager to play, eager to help

UTC women's basketball player Shelbie Davenport talks with coach Jim Foster during a Mocs practice earlier this month. Davenport sat out last season after transferring from Clemson.

Pardon Shelbie Davenport if she's a little anxious to get back on the basketball court.

It's been a while.

The 5-foot-10 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore sat out last season after transferring from Clemson, with her activity limited to practices with the Mocs. When practices started this season, Davenport was slightly overanxious and playing a little too fast for the liking of coach Jim Foster.

Now she's starting to slow down - and starting to carve out a spot on a veteran team filled with fourth-year juniors and seniors.

"Sometimes you're so anxious when you haven't played, so you come back and try to do everything in a hurry," Foster said last week. "She's really slowed down the last three to four practices, and as a result she has played really well."