Luper Sets Career Scoring, Steals Records In OT Win
FT. WAYNE, Indiana – Saturday was a busy day for Kevi Luper, to say the least.
Luper became ORU's all-time scoring leader a couple of minutes into the second half of the game.
She also ironically became the school's all-time steals leader in the game.
But most importantly, she hit the winning free throws with 11.4 seconds to play in overtime to give her team a 62-61 victory over IPFW.
Not bad for a day's work.
Luper led the Golden Eagles with 22 points in the contest, including a jumper with 16:56 left in the second half to set the career scoring mark. She passed Vivian Herron's record of 2,192 points.
Luper's five steals in the game put her at 375 career steals and helped her break her second record of the night.
On top of all the record-setting excitement, the game was a close one as well. After Luper's free throws put the team up 62-61 with 11 seconds to play, IPFW's Rachel Mauk missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left. ORU's Savanna Buck tipped the rebounds out toward midcourt and Jaci Bigham tracked it down to seal the win.
The Mastodons led for much of the game, including a nine-point margin late in the second half. But Oral Roberts put up an 11-2 rally to finish out regulation, sending the game into extra time.
The Golden Eagles shot 39 percent in the game but held IPFW to 30.5 percent shooting from the field.
The win clinches the No. 2 seed for Oral Roberts in the upcoming Summit League Tournament, which starts in the first week of March.
But before that, ORU will hit the court again on Monday night to take on Oakland on the road. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.