WACO, Texas – After playing to a 4-0 record and earning the 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase team title, No. 4/6 Baylor swept Big 12 Conference weekly awards. Senior Alexis Jones earned the second Big 12 Player of the Week recognition of her career (Jan. 19, 2016), while freshman Lauren Cox picked up her first Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor.
Jones, a 2016 WBCA Honorable Mention All-American, averaged 17.8 points, 5.8 assists and 2.5 steals, leading the Lady Bears to four wins, including two against Top 25 programs. She shot 54.3 percent (25-46) from the floor and 60 percent (15-25) from beyond the arc in the four-game stretch.
The Irving, Texas, native, opened the week on a high note with a team-high 24 points against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 22, netting 7-of-8 field goal and 6-of-7 three-point field goal attempts. Her six three-pointers signaled a new career-high.
Jones began Gulf Coast Showcase play with 12 points, four assists and four steals against Kent State on Nov. 25, before registering her seventh career double-double against No. 18/17 DePaul with 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. She just missed a triple-double, tallying eight assists in the contest.
The 5-9 point guard concluded the week with another strong performance against No. 8/8 Ohio State on Nov. 27. Jones, a Preseason All-Big 12 first team selection, led the Lady Bears to a tournament title with a team-high 30 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Cox, the Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year selection, averaged 10.8 points and 3.8 rebounds off the bench in Baylor’s four wins last week. She connected on 59.1 percent (13-22) of her field goal attempts.
Against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 22, Cox poured in a career-high 21 points and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds. It was her first time scoring in double figures.
The Flower Mound, Texas, native compiled 15 points and four boards against Kent State on Nov. 25, before adding five points, two blocks and one board in 11 minutes played against No. 18/17 DePaul on Nov. 26. Cox, a 6-4 forward, closed the week with two points, one block and one rebound in seven minutes of action in the Lady Bears’ Gulf Coast Championship win over No. 8/8 Ohio State on Nov. 27.
Baylor is back in action inside the Ferrell Center on Thursday, Dec. 1, against Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. (CT), before traveling for the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game will air ESPN2.