Luper to have jersey retired, enter ORU Hall of Fame
In this Jan. 7, 2012, game, then Oral Roberts University junior guard Kevi Luper drives past South Dakota State forward Leah Dietel at the Mabee Center in Tulsa. Luper is having her ORU jersey retired on Feb. 2. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
In this Jan. 7, 2012, game, then Oral Roberts University junior guard Kevi Luper looks at the shot clock while South Dakota State guard Ashley Eide defends her. Luper, a Cherokee Nation citizen, will have her ORU jersey retired during her induction into the school’s Hall of Fame. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TULSA – The Oral Roberts athletic department will retire women’s basketball All-American Kevi Luper’s jersey on Feb. 2 as part of the school’s Hall of Fame Weekend festivities.
Luper will be inducted into the Hall of Fame that morning with her jersey being retired at halftime of the women’s basketball game later that day.
One of five All-Americans in program history, Luper’s name is all over the ORU women’s basketball record book. During her time wearing the No. 15 jersey, Luper was named a two-time AP All-American, three-time Summit League Player of the Year, led NCAA Division I in scoring and steals during the 2010-11 season and led the Golden Eagles to the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee. She represented the USA at the 2012 Pan Am games.
“As an athletic program anytime a former student-athletes jersey is retired, it is a momentous occasion,” Athletic Director Mike Carter said. “Kevi is an ORU great and now Hall of Famer and is more than deserving to have her jersey hanging in the Mabee Center for years to come.
Luper is the first and the only NCAA Division I men’s or women’s basketball player to ever lead the nation in scoring and steals in the same season. During the 2010-11 season, Luper averaged 23.7 points and 3.7 steals per game. Currently, she holds the all-time ORU scoring record with 2,867 points. She leads the program with 1,052 field goals made, 463 steals and 568 free throws made.
During her career she had 119 double-digit scoring games from 2009-13. She is one of 10 Golden Eagles who tallied 1000-plus points and 500-plus rebounds during her career. Luper is also one of eight student-athletes to have 1000-plus points and 200-plus steals in their career.
During her senior season, Luper was named Southland Conference Tournament MVP, first team All-Southland Conference selection, five-time Southland Conference player of the week and a Senior CLASS Award finalist.
She averaged 22.7 points per game her while at ORU along with a 45 percent overall shooting average with an 84.3 free throw average. Luper averaged 3.7 steals per game. As a sophomore, Luper recorded 806 total points, the most in a season during her four-year career.
Originally from Adair, Luper received her degree in business from Oral Roberts University in the spring of 2013. During her career she participated in 126 games.