Kayla Cook Named Jean Stephens Award Winner

Feb. 7, 2014

Stephens Award Nominees

CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati women's basketball player Kayla Cook has been honored as the 2013-14 recipient of the Jean Stephens Memorial Award.

In 1999, the University of Cincinnati athletics department lost one of its most loyal, dedicated staff members, Jean Stephens. Two years later, to recognize and promote the qualities Stephens exemplified in her 15 years of service, the Jean Stephens Memorial Award was instituted to recognize a Bearcats student-athlete for their high integrity, high ethical standards, respect for all persons and commitment to both Bearcats athletics and the University of Cincinnati.

During Thursday night's men's basketball game versus UConn, women's basketball senior guard Kayla Cook was recognized as the 2013-14 winner. Joining Cook as nominees for the award were women's lacrosse players Kelsey Conway and Ashley Helmrath, swimmer Joe Scherpenberg, track athlete Kaitlyn Good and men's basketball player Sean Kilpatrick.

Cook has started every game during her UC career, a mark currently totaling 113 contests. The team captain has averaged 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds during her four years in the red and black. She is on pace to graduate in May with a degree in health education. Cook becomes the second women's basketball player to win the award, joining Shelly Bellman (2010-11 winner).