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Luper, Bigham Named to All-Southland Team

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          Release: 03/11/2013
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FRISCO, Texas - Oral Roberts University senior guard Kevi Luper was named 1st Team All-Southland Conference on Monday, while fellow senior Jaci Bigham was named to the All-Southland Conference 2nd Team. Luper was also honored with a spot on the Southland Conference’s All-Defensive Team.

Additionally, freshman Taylor Cooper and redshirt junior Sarah Shelton received All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention honors.

Luper, a native of Adair, is a four-time 1st Team All-Conference selection. The three-time Summit League Player of the Year averaged 19.3 points per game as a senior, second-best in the SLC, and she led the league with 2.6 steals per game. Luper established herself as the finest all-around player in a new conference as a senior, finishing in the league’s top-ten in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three-point field goal percentage and blocked shots.

Later on Monday, College Sports Madness honored Luper as the Southland Conference Player of the Year.

Luper, a two-time Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, also earned a spot on the SLC All-Defensive Team after finishing the season as the only player in the league’s top-five in steals and blocked shots.

Bigham averaged 12.3 points per game in her final collegiate season and led the Southland Conference in assists, at 6.9 per game. She broke ORU’s career assist record on February 9 in a victory over Stephen F. Austin, and she finished second in the conference with 2.4 steals per game. Bigham also finished the regular season in the Southland’s top-five in three-point field goal percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio and minutes played.

Bigham also earned an All-Southland 2nd Team nod from College Sports Madness.

Cooper earned the Honorable Mention distinction after scoring 10.2 points per game as a rookie, second-best among Southland Conference freshmen. She also finished the regular season ranked third in the league in three-point field goals per game and fourth in three-point field goal percentage. The Shawnee native was the only SLC freshman to average double-figures on a team that finished in the league’s upper half.

Shelton averaged 9.1 points per game in her first season as a member of ORU’s active roster, and she upped that production to 10.8 points per game in conference play. An efficient scorer, Shelton led the conference in field goal percentage, at 66.5%, and she also ranks ninth in blocked shots. The Fort Worth, Texas native finished the season with five double-doubles, all in Southland play.

ORU’s All-Southland quartet led the Golden Eagles (16-12, 13-5 SLC) to a share of the Southland Conference title in their first season as SLC members, and they will go into next week’s SLC Tournament as the league’s top seed.

The Golden Eagles open SLC Tournament play in Katy, Texas on Friday, March 15 at 11 am against an opponent to be determined.

2013 All-Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Teams
First Team
Megan Herbert, Central Arkansas
Kalis Loyd, Lamar
Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts
Sequeena Thomas, Sam Houston State
Britni Martin, Sam Houston State
               
Second Team
Ashlyn Baggett, McNeese State
Jaci Bigham, Oral Roberts
Caitlyn Baggett, McNeese State
Porsha Roberts, Stephen F. Austin
Alisha Allen, Nicholls State     
               
Third Team
KK Babin, Nicholls State
Courtney Duever, Central Arkansas
Aja Gibson, Southeastern Louisiana
Janelle Perez, Northwestern State
Brandi Simmons, Southeastern Louisiana

Honorable Mention: Gia Ayers, Lamar; Taylor Cooper, Oral Roberts; Cecilia Okoye, McNeese State; Chanice Smith, Sam Houston State; Sarah Shelton, Oral Roberts.

2013 Southland Conference Women’s All-Defensive Team
Sequeena Thomas, Sam Houston State
Kalis Loyd, Lamar
Porsha Roberts, Stephen F. Austin
Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts
Carenn Baylor, Lamar

Player of the Year: Megan Herbert, Central Arkansas
Newcomer of the Year: Cecilia Okoye, McNeese State
Freshman of the Year: Janelle Perez, Northwestern State
Defensive Player of the Year: Sequeena Thomas, Sam Houston State
Coach of the Year: Brenda Welch-Nichols, Sam Houston State

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