IRVING, Texas -
Baylor soccer defender Kat Ludlow
earned the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Week honor for her efforts in the team's two victories last week, the league office announced Tuesday.
The Colleyville, Texas-native was part of a Baylor defense that posted two shutouts in three days as the Bears (5-1) took down Nebraska, 3-0, on Friday and McNeese State, 5-0, on Sunday. In those two contests, Ludlow played 97 minutes, while helping the BU defense surrender only three shots.
During the win against Nebraska, Ludlow earned an assist on the first goal of the game. In the 18th minute, she headed along a ball between two Cornhusker defenders to forward Dana Larsen. The pass enabled Larsen to score the game winner in a near one-on-one situation with the NU goalkeeper.
Two days later versus McNeese State, the junior headed in a free ball in the 32nd minute for her third goal of the season. Following a corner kick by the Bears, the ball stayed in the air by glancing off of a McNeese State player allowing Ludlow to rise up and redirect it into the corner of the net.
Ludlow is the first Baylor player to be recognized by the league since Larsen won the Big 12's offensive award on October 18, 2011. A week earlier BU goalkeeper Courtney Seelhorst was honored with the conference's defensive accolade.
In the 16-year history of the Big 12, Baylor has won 25 individual soccer weekly honors, including eight defense-specific awards.
The Bears, who lead the Big 12 in shots, points, goals, goals allowed and assists, will be back in action on Friday when they travel to face North Texas at 7 p.m. in Denton, Texas.