HOOPER CLAIMS BIG TEN HONORS AGAIN

Posted 2 years ago

By John Axtell

 

Jordan Hooper

Jordan Hooper

Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper captured her second straight Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honor and the sixth of her career when the conference office announced its winner on Tuesday morning.

Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., poured in a game-high 29 points and added eight rebounds in Nebraska’s 76-75 win at Iowa on Monday night. She hit 11-of-23 shots from the field, including a pair of early three-pointers to allow the Huskers to lead the game from start to finish.

For the week, Hooper averaged 24.0 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting Nebraska to a pair of road wins, including a 55-50 victory at Northwestern on Feb. 7. Hooper had 19 points and seven rebounds in a low-scoring affair with the Wildcats.

During Nebraska’s Big Ten-best six-game winning streak, Hooper has carried the Huskers with 24.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game to increase her team-leading averages to 19.5 points and 8.5 boards on the year. Hooper is shooting 49 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from long range during the surge.

Hooper, who also won the award Feb. 5 after leading NU to wins at Ohio State Jan. 31 (28 points, 7 rebounds) and against Minnesota Feb. 3 (27 points, 7 rebounds) shared this week’s honor with Penn State point guard Alex Bentley. It is Hooper’s third Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award of the season.

Hooper, who was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore in 2012, also became one of Nebraska’s top-10 career scorers in the win over Iowa. In less than three seasons, Hooper has amassed 1,545 points (No. 10) and 715 rebounds (No. 8).