Jan 16, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Dennis Wolff on the sidelines against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
When the Virginia Tech announced that talented freshman forward Regan Magarity was done for the season, a void for the frontcourt during ACC play was created. Taijah Campbell has returned from her suspensions and has not been too bad, but Campbell is not the best post player for the Hokies.
That player is Sidney Cook.
Cook has had a very good start to ACC play, and has also put up very strong numbers in limited minutes for the Hokies. Currently, Cook is averaging 5.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game. Campbell is averaging 27.2 minutes per game but is only averaging 7.2 points and 6.9 rebounds.
Cook played a lot less during the non-conference and her averages are starting to go up now that she is getting more playing time. Cook has moved ahead of Hannah Young in the frontcourt, and the sophomore forward has become one of the two regular starting frontcourt players along with Campbell.
Cook struggled against Virginia with only 6 points and 2 rebounds, but has played significant better in games on the road against Clemson and N.C. State. Cook had a big game in an overtime loss at Clemson with the sophomore forward having 14 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes.
Cook had her best game against N.C. State as she had 12 points and 9 rebounds in only 20 minutes. Cook has gained some confidence over the last few weeks and while it didn’t show against Virginia, it definitely showed on the road in Raleigh against the Wolfpack.
Sidney Cook and Taijah Campbell are a solid duo of frontcourt players that can help give the Hokies a reliable rebounding duo. With Rachel Camp also doing a great job of rebounding, Virginia Tech may be able to get plenty of second chance points in some games to help themselves get some wins.
Cook has a lot of potential though she will definitely be battling Campbell and five-star forward Kelly Koshuta next season for playing time in the frontcourt next to a healthy Regan Magarity.
This season though, Sidney Cook is going to continue to make a big impact as the Hokies’ best healthy post player.
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