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It's Official! Luper Becomes First in NCAA History to Lead Nation in Points and Steals

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 04/06/2011
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Tulsa, Okla.—With the 2010-11 season now in the books, Kevi Luper, a sophomore guard for the Oral Roberts women’s basketball team is officially the first player to lead NCAA Division I men’s or women’s basketball in both points and steals.

The Adair, Oklahoma native finished the year averaging 23.7 points and 3.7 steals per game, while leading the Golden Eagles to the third round of the WNIT.

Courtney Hurt of VCU finished second with a 23.2 scoring clip, and Loyola Maryland’s Katie Sheahin placed second in steals at 3.5 per game.

Luper erupted for season-highs of 36 points on two occasions this year, while scoring in double-figures in all but three games. Her 806 points is good enough for first in Summit League single-season history and second all-time at ORU.

With 126 steals on the year, Luper moved into second place in the ORU single-season record books and already stands in second at ORU with 266 career steals.

For her efforts, Luper was named Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention, as well as Summit League Player and Defensive Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season.

“I feel very excited and blessed that I was able to make NCAA history,” stated Luper. “I could not have done it without my teammates, coaches, family and God. This is something that I worked very hard to achieve, and I am overwhelmed that I was able to accomplish it.”
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