Baylor's Cox to avoid surgery, sprains MCL

WACO, Texas (KWTX) After leaving late in the third quarter of Baylor's national-championship victory over Notre Dame with what was feared to be a serious knee injury, Lauren Cox will end up avoiding a lengthy rehab.

According to a university press release, Cox was evaluated by Dr. Brad Gilliam of Southwest Sports Medicine Orthopedics in Waco Monday. She underwent an MRI, which revealed a sprained MCL and bone bruise.

No recovery timetable has been announced, but surgery will not be required.

With 1:22 left in the third quarter and Baylor leading 62-50, Cox inadvertently collided with senior center Kalani Brown and was down on the court for minutes before being taken off the floor via wheelchair.

Cox, who had eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks at the time of her injury, returned to the bench with a heavy brace on her left knee and was able to witness the final minutes of the game and take part in the postgame celebration.

The Flower Mound, Texas native earned the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award and was a finalist for the WCBA's Katrina McClain Award, which is given to the nation's top power forward.