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Despite the losing, Fox savored basketball career at OVU

Photo Jay W. Bennett OVU’s Jordan Fox is guarded by Cedarville’s Abby Freeman during a game last month at the Snyder Activity Center.

VIENNA — Former St. Marys High School all-stater and current Ohio Valley University senior guard Jordan Fox played her final collegiate game on the road Saturday afternoon at Trevecca University.

The 5-foot-8 former Blue Devil for head coach Howard Meeks is set to finish her business degree in May.

“I’m not taking my fifth year. Since COVID has been going around they gave us a fifth year and I’m just not going to take mine,” noted Fox, who leads the team in scoring at nearly 15 points a game and averages 3.3 rebounds while shooting 34% from deep and nearly 92% (34 of 37) from the foul line.

When asked what she planned to do with her degree, Fox admitted “I don’t know. I thought about getting my masters in business and I also thought me and Tanner (Esposito) are best friends and we thought maybe moving to Florida for a couple years after we graduate. It’s kind of up in the air. We haven’t actually decided.”

What has been decided is Saturday was her final game, which meant for the third time in her career she played on a winless squad at OVU.

“At St. Marys we didn’t lose very much,” said Fox, who helped OVU to a 4-21 finish last season. “Coming here and just figuring out why we were was just a big adjustment for me.

“I feel like you don’t ever get used to losing, no matter how many losses you face. It’s figuring out a way to try to get better and understand why you are losing.”

Despite all the setbacks, it’s been worth it.

“It was definitely the right decision overall and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, my four years at OVU,” Fox stressed. “Support from my parents was really big for me and it was really hard this year and COVID hitting and the restrictions and not having fans.

“That was a really big adjustment for me and my parents were at my home games all my other seasons. OVU is a good little school and everyone knows everybody and they will do anything for you. I wouldn’t trade the time I’ve had at OVU for anything.”

The friendship she’s made with Esposito, both on and off the court, “means everything to me,” Fox continued. “She’s been here with me this long.

“We came in with a couple other girls our freshmen years and we’re the only ones who made it through the program. We’ve made a lot of decisions together and I couldn’t imagine being here with anybody else.”

Fox, who said “yes, I remember them, those haunt me” when asked about her trio of missed free throws this year added “it hasn’t completely hit me yet” of her career ending.

“Either before or after the game it’s going to finally sink in that it’s the last time I’ll be playing in a real game.”

During her freshman season, Fox played in 21 games with 20 starts and led the team in made 3s with 38 while putting up nearly 11 points and better than three boards an outing.

She said her “best” year was either her first season or her senior campaign.

“Through all the losses, our teams have been really close,” said Fox, who missed the first two games this year due to quarantine and also missed some time due to an injury. “In a way it kind of brings us closer together.”

When asked what she’s likely to recall the most about her days as a Fighting Scot at OVU down the road, Fox was quick to reply.

“I just feel like all the times with my teammates, all the time I’ve spent preparing for games and practices and all the road trips we took,” she said. “I think that’s what I’m going to remember from this.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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