Doubling Her Pleasure

SAGU Inks Kassy Cox to Play Hoops

Kassy Cox signing her national letter of intent to play college basketball for head coach Arlon Beadles (right).WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- When torn between two, it’s not often one can choose both. It’s also not often that a player like Kassy Cox comes along. The 6-foot-1 freshman at Southwestern Assemblies of God University was an impact performer for volleyball Head Coach Hank Moore this past fall. She averaged 2.03 kills per game and racked up 60 blocks, both totals were third best on the team. The team enjoyed its sixth consecutive winning record in the regular season!

While at Lufkin High School she was three sport standout for the Lady Panthers, earning All-District in volleyball, softball and basketball.

She contemplated joining the SAGU women’s basketball team at the end of her freshman campaign on the v-ball court. She decided, instead, to focus on her studies.

Now she has chosen to play both volleyball and basketball at Southwestern. Veteran Head Coach Arlon Beadles recently announced that Cox had made it official when she signed her National Letter of Intent. She will hook-up with the Lady Lion hoopsters once the bump-set-and-spikers have completed their season. She will likely miss some games in November before making the switch from kills to rebounds.

SAGU posted a 23-13 season in basketball. Team Lioness also finished third in the country in the National Christian College Athletic Association. The team went qualified for a berth in the 32-team NAIA national tournament the previous season when they finished 25-8. Over the past three campaigns the Purple Pride have gone 72-28 and have been ranked in the NAIA each season.

“She is a very good basketball player,” Coach Beadles said recently. “Kassy will be a force inside and can definitely rebound the basketball. Plus, she is an excellent student and fits wonderfully here at Southwestern. We are very pleased to have her suiting up for us next season.”

Kassy Cox during player introductions for the SAGU Women’s Volleyball team last fall.Cox scored six points per game and averaged over 12 rebounds as a senior for the Lady Pack while garnering All-District Academic honors as well. She was awarded the Leading Rebounder award her final two seasons in East Texas. Cox had a couple of 17 and 18 rebound games to her credit as a senior.

Cox will solidify the team’s frontcourt for the upcoming season. With the full recovery of Shaquita Roberts (San Antonio, Tx / Byron Steele HS), a 6’1 senior to be and former national leader in blocked shots, SAGU is not lacking for talent among forwards and centers.

Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS), a 6’1 freshman who developed well this season, returns. She will be counted on for rebounding and her offensive skills at the high post position. She averaged 5.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per outing. Plus, freshman Jirah Rodriguez (Georgetown, Tx / Georgetown HS), who netted 8.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg, will play more at small forward and the three-guard.

Coach Beadles has already signed two inside players for the fall; Cordia Harvatin, a 5’8 small forward from San Antonio’s Stacey High School, and Brittany Griffin, a power forward who stands 5-foot-11, from Rockwell Christian (Rockwell, Tx).

Next he seeks to sign two or three guards.