Roper named to All-WAC b-ball team
By Misty Volaski
University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball
player Christen Roper, a Nordhoff graduate, was one of three
athletes named to the 2002-2003 academic All-WAC women's basketball
A total of 60 winter student-athletes from
the conference's men's and women's basketball and women's swimming
teams were named to the list.
This year marks the third time Roper has been named to the squad.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least
one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point
average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's
Roper developed into one of the most intimidating defensive forces
in UH history, rewriting the school and conference record books
during her four-year career.
This season the 6 foot, 5 inch senior center
established a single-game school record (eight), broke her own
single-season mark (110) and set a new career standard (303)
for both the school and conference in blocked shots.
In her final game as a Rainbow Wahine at
Arizona State, Roper set a new WNIT record for most blocks in
a game (seven).
The Ojai native averaged 9.8 points per game and was the team
leader in rebounding at 7.9 rebounds per game.
Roper, a history major, has a 3.28 GPA and is scheduled to graduate
in December with aspirations of becoming a high school teacher
and basketball coach.
Hawaii went to the WNIT tournament at Arizona State University
last Thursday. They lost the game, ending their season.
Roper finished third in the nation in blocked shots. She also
set the WNIT block shot game high at ASU last week. She finished
third in career rebounds at Hawaii, is the career block shot
record holder and has the Hawaii single season block shot record.
"Are we proud or what?" said dad, Bob Roper. He said
that his daughter has been meeting with several sports agents
to see what her future holds. "It looks like the WNBA holds
a slight chance for her, but she is looking forward to playing
in Europe professionally," said Bob, who, with wife Debbie.
rarely misses one of his daughter's games.
Christen's sister, Mindy, a 2001 NHS graduate is planning on
going with Christen to Europe also.
Bob added that Christen had gotten a call from her coach, Vince
Goo, that the Los Angeles Sparks had called him and would like
her to try out on April 21 if she doesn't get drafted (the draft
will be held April 16).
"We don't know what the future will bring, but she can't
make a bad decision anyway she goes," said Bob and wife
Recently, it was released that Roper was on the list at wnba.com
as a prospective draft player. ESPN is expected to air the draft
pick April 16.
Check wnba.com or espn.com for times.
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