JORDAN HOOPER NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR

Posted 6 months ago

By Kevin Horn

Lincoln - (huskers.com) — Jordan Hooper became the first Nebraska women’s basketball player to claim Big Ten Player-of-the-Year honors,when the conference announced its annual awards on Monday.

Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., captured first-team All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive season, while becoming just the fourth Husker in history to earn a conference player-of-the-year award. She joins 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (Big 12), 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings (Big Eight) and 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year Maurtice Ivy on that distinguished list of Huskers.

Griffin, Jennings and Ivy are the only three Huskers in history to have their jerseys retired by the school. Hooper joins the same group as the only three-time first-team all-conference selections in school history, along with three-time first-team All-Big 12 pick Kiera Hardy (2005, 2006, 2007).

Hooper, who averaged 20.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, led the Big Red to a 22-6 regular-season record and a 12-4 Big Ten mark. Hooper set the school career three-point record (285), while climbing to No. 2 at Nebraska in career points (2,248) and rebounds (1,071). She is also one of only five players in Big Ten history to reach the combined milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Hooper, one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, headlined a Husker starting five that all earned an all-conference honor. She was joined on the coaches All-Big Ten first team by sophomore guard Rachel Theriot.

In addition to Nebraska’s starting five claiming All-Big Ten honors, Connie Yori was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers for the second straight season. It is the fourth conference coach-of-the-year award for Yori, who was the 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year and the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year at Creighton. Yori was also the national coach of the year in 2010.

Nebraska’s 2014 Big Ten Awards 

(Voting by conference coaches)

Big Ten Player of the Year - Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

Big Ten Coach of the Year - Connie Yori

First-Team All-Big Ten

  • Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
  • Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., PG, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.5 apg)

Second-Team All-Big Ten

  • Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., F, Seward, Neb. (13.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.2 apg)
  • Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., G, Riverside, Calif. (11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

Big Ten All-Defensive Team

  • Hailie Sample, 6-1, Jr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (6.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.4 apg)

Sportsmanship Award

  • Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

Nebraska’s 2014 Big Ten Awards
(Voting by conference media)

First-Team All-Big Ten

  • Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
  • Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., PG, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.5 apg)

Second-Team All-Big Ten

  • Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., F, Seward, Neb. (13.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.2 apg)
  • Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., G, Riverside, Calif. (11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg)