Hooper Finalist For Wooden Award
Hooper Earns Spot on Wooden Award Final Ballot
Lincoln - Nebraska's Jordan Hooper earned one of 15 spots on the final ballot for the 2014 Wooden Award for women's basketball, the Wooden Award National Advisory Board announced on Thursday.
Hooper, the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year, averaged 20.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game to help the Huskers close the regular season with a 22-6 overall record and a 12-4 Big Ten mark. The three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection is also one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball.
The 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., owns the Nebraska career record with 285 three-pointers, which ranks fifth among all players in Big Ten history. She has hit more threes than any other forward or center in Big Ten history and more than any other active forward or center in NCAA Division I.
Hooper ranks second in Nebraska history in both career points (2,248) and rebounds (1,071) with both totals ranking 11th in Big Ten history. Hooper is also one of only three Huskers, joining 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 2010 first-team All-American and national player-of-the-year finalist Kelsey Griffin, to reach the combined milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Hooper is one of only five players in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat. Hooper is one of only nine active players in Division I to achieve those combined milestones, including one of just four from a major conference.
The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation's top five players, will be announced the week of the NCAA Sweet 16 after voting by hundreds of media members from March 12 through 25. The Wooden Award is unique in that voters may take into account play through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced as part of the 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy's the weekend of April 10-12, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The event will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, this year given to Stanford Head Women's Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer.
Hooper leads the Huskers to the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis this week. The Big Red open tournament play on Friday, March 7, at approximately 8 p.m. against the winner of Thursday's first-round game between No. 6 seed Minnesota and No. 11 seed Wisconsin. Nebraska's game will be televised live nationally by the Big Ten Network.
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