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Friday, May 17, 2024

2008 Winter Athlete of the Quarter: Jessica Campbell

Jessica Campbell owns the UC Davis women’s basketball record books.

A senior out of San Marcos, Calif., Campbell is among the program’s all-time leaders across the board, ranking third in points (1,413), seventh in blocks (57) and ninth in rebounds (590) and assists (274).

Campbell led the Big West Conference with an 88.9 percent free throw percentage this season. She also ranked second in the conference in scoring (15.3 points per game), field goal percentage (53.9 percent) and minutes played (32.8 minutes per game), earning a spot on the first-team All-Big West Conference team for her efforts.

And that’s only the beginning.

While her accomplishments on the court are immense, Campbell’s efforts off it are just as impressive.

The thing about Jess is that she’s as well-rounded of a person as she is a player, said head coach Sandy Simpson. I’d put her in my top three of young women that I’ve ever coached.

A two-time selection for ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District VIII team, Campbell carries an impressive 3.76 GPA as an international relations major.

Her academic interest in social and world issues gives her a unique perspective on athletics, Simpson said. She understands basketball’s proper place in her life. It’s a big part of her life, but it doesn’t define who she is.

From her athletic accomplishments to her success in the classroom, Jessica Campbell’s contribution to the UC Davis women’s basketball programmakes her all but impossible to replace.

It’s funny, but you want to lose players that you’re going to miss. That’s the mark of a solid program, Simpson said. Her accomplishments on the court, the stats, the awards she’s won – it was her leadership and personality that made her special.



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