IRVING, Texas David Montgomery (Iowa State football), Lauren Cox (Baylor women’s basketball) and the Kansas State rowing team have been selected as the 2018-19 Big 12 Sportspersons of the Year, the Conference announced.
The Sportsperson of the Year Awards began in 2000-01 to annually recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement. This year’s winners were selected by a media panel.
Cox averaged 13.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game for the National Champion Lady Bears last season. Cox became one of the best defensive players in the nation and just the third player since 2006 to win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in multiple seasons. The junior from Flower Mound, Texas, averaged 13.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest in the NCAA Championship during Baylor’s storybook run to the national championship. She helped guide BU to its ninth-consecutive regular-season Big 12 title and the Lady Bears’ 10th Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship crown.
As a team captain this past season, Cox has been visibly active in the community, especially when it comes to promoting Type 1 Diabetes awareness. Cox, who has diabetes, has been a rising voice to help provide the public more information about the condition. She participated in an on-court lengthy meet and greet with fans suffering from Type 1 Diabetes last season and also took part in the Waco Stomp Out Diabetes Walk. She has visited nursing homes in the Waco area and has been a speaker at Camp Success, which is a summer program that provides treatment to children with language-based reading impairments.
Cox’s academic success is just as impressive as she was tabbed the NCAA Elite 90 Award winner for women’s basketball in 2019. The communications studies major is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times.