College of the Ozarks is pleased to announce that former Lady Cat Kayla Kepler will be recognized with a Missouri Sports Hall of Fame special achievement award on Sunday, January 31st.
Kepler played for the College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats from 2011-2015, scoring 1,548 career points and tallying 209 three-pointers. She holds the Lady Cats’ record for career assists with 469 and is tied for most career games played for the Cats at 142.
During the 2014-15 season, Kepler was the Lady Bobcats’ team leader in points, field goals made, 3-point field goals made, rebounds, assists and steals. Her season on-court accolades included being named conference player of the week on two occasions, MCAC First Team All-Conference, and NAIA DII First Team All-American.
Kepler excelled not only on the court but in the classroom, collecting the MCAC Scholar Athlete Award and NAIA DII Scholar Athlete Award in 2014-15.
Lady Bobcats head coach Becky Vest commented, “I would like congratulate Kayla for being recognized by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for her contribution to College of the Ozarks women's basketball during her time as a Lady Bobcat. Kayla played an integral role on four great teams, two of which finished as NAIA National Tournament Runner-up. Kayla's name is splashed all over the Lady Bobcat record book and she will go down as a great competitor in our program. More importantly, Kayla performed well in the classroom, as reflected in her academic honors. Once again, our congratulations to Kayla for a job well done.”