by Santino Torres / Staff Reporter
There is no doubt about it: Lindzy Cox means business on the court and off it.
Off the court, Lindzy Cox is a senior business major, with her sights set on impending graduation. On the court, she is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Roosevelt Lakers’ women’s basketball team. This season, she has been averaging 18.6 points per game while collecting 6.4 rebounds per game as well.
“Lindzy’s always been a great player,” said Ashley Smoldt, a junior business management major and Cox’s teammate, roommate and friend.
“Early on in our season, we were battling a lot of injuries. She had hurt her ankle, then she dislocated her shoulder. Through all that, she still comes back as soon as possible, and is able to perform at a high level,” Smoldt added.
For the month of January, Cox shot better on the court, making 45 percent of her field goals and 34 percent of her three-point attempts. She is also a 77 percent free-throw shooter this season, and she shot 86 percent from the free-throw line in January.
“She’s been stepping up big for us,” said Emily Ragsdale, head coach of Roosevelt’s women basketball team, “She’s the epitome of a bucket-getter. She’s really good at knowing when to score, when to pass. She creates very well for her teammates.”
She continued her excellent form last month, averaging 16.7 points per game and 7.9 rebounds in January. In the last game of the month against Calumet College of St. Joseph, she posted a double-double in a Lakers’ victory over the Crimson Wave. That performance would lead to CCAC Player of the Week honors for the week.
“I just did what I had to do, did what was needed for my team” said Cox. “I get in the gym, did stuff with them separately, just trying to be successful so we could come out with [wins]. We go in there and motivate them so we can all keep working hard and try to move towards something bigger and better.”
Additionally, Cox has ensured that her presence is felt on the defensive end. She is third on the team in steals, averaging 1.71 steals per game. That number was a lot larger in January, where she averaged 2.14 steals per game.
“I try to lock up on defense so I have the advantage when I put the ball in the hoop on offense,” Cox said, “I know I have the freshmen and the sophomores and underclassmen looking up to me, so I try to be the best teammate I can.”
“She’s taking that senior leadership role very very, well,” Coach Ragsdale said. “She’s kind of a, ‘lead-by-voice’ type of player. I think her basketball IQ speaks volumes for her leadership, she sees the court the best on our team. I think that’s where her leadership has shown amongst our group.”