BIMINI, Bahamas — Lauren Cox seemed ready to get back out on the court. The sophomore forward missed Baylor’s game at UCLA after she was hospitalized briefly after she developed a complication of her Diabetes Mellitus.
Cox nearly had a triple-double as she finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks as No. 8 Baylor topped Missouri State, 100-58, in the Junkanoo Jam tournament.
“It felt really good to get back out there,” Cox said in the postgame radio interview. “To start running up and down the court again and get back in the flow of the game felt really good.”
Cox hit her first four shots of the game and went 3 for 3 from the free-throw line in the first half. She brought even more of a spark for Baylor on the defensive end as her reach caused all kinds of problems for Missouri State as she finished with three steals in addition to her career high in blocks.
“Those big blocks like that hype us up,” Cox said. “It’s exciting. I love to get those.”
While Cox was off to a great start, the rest of the Lady Bears of Baylor played great around her. Freshman Alexis Morris came in and had a big second half as Baylor outscored Missouri State 31-12 in the frame. Morris scored nine points in the second half en route to a career-high 17 points.
“Alexis Morris plays the toughest position, in my opinion, in basketball,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said on the postgame radio broadcast. “You have to be the quarterback and know what everyone else is doing. You get all the credit but you also get all of the blame. She is learning quickly. I thought Kristy Wallace being able to move to the two and allow Alexis to push the ball up the floor makes us a better team. Morris hit some big time shots today. She’s also so quick. The faster she can run it up, the better we get.”
Kalani Brown led Baylor with 20 points, her third 20-plus point game of the season of 8 of 11 shooting.
All 10 Lady Bears scored as each played her role well. Dekeiya Cohen was the other Lady Bear who finished in double figures with 10 points and nine rebounds.
“I’m so proud of a lot of our kids who came in off the bench,” Mulkey said.
“You see those guys do their job. It’s good to see all of them play and play with a lot of heart and be excited to be back on the floor.”