Cherokee citizen makes NCAA history
Oral Roberts University guard Kevi Luper goes around two defenders in a 2009 game. The Cherokee Nation citizen became the first woman in NCAA history to lead the country in scoring and steals. PHOTO COURTESY OF ORU
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Oral Roberts University sophomore guard Kevi Luper made history this season by becoming the first player in NCAA women’s basketball to lead the nation in scoring and steals.
This past season the Cherokee Nation citizen from Adair averaged 23.7 points per game and 3.7 steals a game. As a freshman she led the nation in steals and finished sixth in scoring.
Luper was named to the Associated Press All-American team as an honorable mention selection for the second year in a row. She also grabbed the Summit League player of the year and defensive player of the year honors for the second straight season.
Luper was named to the league’s first team and was the player of the week three times. She became the league’s single season scoring leader with 806 points.