The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 4, 2013

Brittany Cox continues to move up all-time scoring list

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Friday, January 3, 2013 — She always tries to be the first person on the court before the start of a game, and enjoys getting to the gym early before the start of a game just to have some time on the court by herself.

The reason why Pfeiffer senior guard Brittany Cox is always first on the court before the opposition, according to her, is that “when a team walks into the gym and sees that you’re already preparing for the game, they know that you’re ready to play.”

In her four year career at Pfeiffer, the Winston-Salem native has been prepared before many a game as Cox now sits at sixth all-time at Pfeiffer University for career points, having passed a number of players on the list in her senior season.

Cox now has 1,233 career points, trailing Amanda Joplin (1,439), Marsha Long (1,514), Candace Phifer (1,589), Kim Dudney (1,686) and Nancy Scroggins (1,837) on the all-time scoring list at Pfeiffer.

“Being the sixth all-time scorer in Pfeiffer's history is an incredible honor. It is a great feeling to see your hard work pay off but more importantly, it reminds me to be thankful for my teammates and coaches who encourage and stay confident in me through the bad games. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to play at Pfeiffer and I am glad that I will have this honor to remind me of my experience long after it ends,” Cox said.

Before her time at Pfeiffer, Cox was a member of four consecutive 1A state championship high school teams from Bishop McGuinness, who recently surpassed Hayesville High School with their seventh consecutive state title in the 2011-2012 season.

Cox talked about her time with the Villains as well as the incredible number of hours she has spend practicing and playing basketball.

“I played travel basketball from fourth grade to my senior year in high school which is a lot of week nights, weekends and vacation time dedicated to basketball,” Cox said.

“I played for a very talented high school team at Bishop McGuinness which challenged me to constantly work on my game. I always dreamed of playing in college so I didn’t mind dedicating my time to basketball. I spend a lot of time improving my knowledge of the game because I want to coach at the collegiate level after I graduate. The opportunities and people I have met through the game of basketball makes every minute of working on my game worth it.”

Regarding her career point totals, Cox said that her teammates and Pfeiffer head coach Jill Thoms are the main reason she stands sixth overall.

“Coach Thomas constantly tells me to be aggressive. She has encouraged me to improve my mid-range game this season which has opened up more scoring opportunities,” Cox said.

The Pfeiffer senior also talked about her teammates, including Kellie Rhoney and Jodie Lemons.

“Kellie is by far the best point guard in our conference. She sees the court incredibly well and finds the open man. I have been lucky to play with her the past four years and without her, I wouldn't have scored half as many points. Each one of my teammates has the ability to score which makes us a difficult team to defend,” Cox said.

Regarding Lemons, Cox said, “Jodie has been playing phenomenal this season which forces teams to place a lot of their focus on her and opens up opportunities for other Falcons.”

The future for this season, according to Cox, as far as moving up the scoring list is not as important as it is for the Falcons, who are 2-1 in Conference Carolinas and 7-1 overall this season, to improve as a team and for the Falcons to win.

“ Even though being on the all-time leading scoring list is an honor, I would much rather graduate with a Conference Carolinas championship than move further up the list.”

The Pfeiffer women host Erskine on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.