In the midst of all the excitement of the Lady Bobcats’ incredible run in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, College of the Ozarks' guard Kayla Kepler achieved a major milestone of her own.
Kepler, who is often referred to as “the floor general” by Coach Vest because she likes to take charge on the court, scored her 1,000th career point during the Northwestern (Iowa) game on March 15th. During the matchup, Kepler scored 15 points and gathered 6 rebounds to push her over the 1,000 point mark, as the Lady ‘Cats defeated Northwestern to move into the semi-finals round of the tournament. Kepler picked up 24 points in the remaining two games of the Lady Bobcats’ exquisite tournament run to close out her season with 438 points, bringing her career total to 1,031 points.
Kepler is a junior, who hails from Fair Grove, Missouri. She has numerous strengths as a guard, since she can shoot the “3” and is also a master at getting to the ball off the dribble. As a sophomore, Kepler was named Honorable Mention on the MCAC All-Conference team, and this year she earned the “NAIA Hustle Award” during the National Championship. Her teammates Alice Heinzler and Emily Walker also added to Lady Bobcats’ accolades by picking up First and Second All-Tournament Team Awards respectively in this year’s Championship.
It is exciting to celebrate Kepler’s accomplishment, and even more so to realize she still has another year remaining in her college career to further increase her point total and help lead the Lady Bobcats in the 2014-2015 season.