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Friday, 10 May 2013 12:48

Kearney's Mackenzie Cook Signs with BU

Mackenzie Cook poses for a picture with Graduate Assistant Coach Greta Grothe on her signing day Mackenzie Cook poses for a picture with Graduate Assistant Coach Greta Grothe on her signing day

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head women's basketball coach Ben Lister is pleased to announce the signing of Mackenzie Cook from Kearney High School in Kearney, Mo., to a letter of intent to join the Wildcats in 2013-14.

Cook has chosen to play basketball at Baker after an outstanding high school career in three different sports. She made history at Kearney by earning 12 total varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

She was named All-Conference and All-District in all three sports including being named First Team All-Conference and All-District in basketball as a junior and a senior. During her senior season, she was named to the KMZU Dream Team, the KKWK All-Star Team and was awarded the Bob Carter Hustle Award.

The 6-foot-0 forward was also nominated as a Hy-Vee Scholar-Athlete and for the NAIA Champions of Character Award. She was selected to represent Missouri in the annual Mo-Kan All-Star game by the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association.

Her senior year, she averaged seven points, 6.5 rebounds and two steals per game leading Kearney to a 25-3 record and advanced to the Elite Eight in the Missouri Class 5A State Playoffs. Her high school soccer team sits at 20-0, a school record, at the time of this article.

"We are really excited about Mackenzie joining our program," said Lister. "Now that she has chosen what sport she wants to pursue in college and will have the ability to focus solely on that, I think she has great upside. We strive to find athletes that are in programs that are used to winning and Mackenzie comes from that.

"She competes to win, she's tough, and she will continue to bring the competition level in practice up. She brings length and athleticism, which will help us in some of our different pressure packages defensively. I am excited to watch her continue to grow as a player now that basketball is her main focus, and we could not be more happy that she chose Baker University."


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