Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper was named Big Ten Player-of-the-Year. She now 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 as the only Huskers to receive the top conference recognition.
“Wow, what an amazing honor,” Hooper said. “It is obviously a tremendous honor to be the Big Ten Player of the Year, especially since it was voted on by the conference coaches. It’s more exciting though that our whole starting five and Coach Yori were honored. That is unbelievable. I think that says a lot about the amount of work we put in to get better throughout the season, and it also says a lot about the ability of our coaches to make us a better team.”
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.
On the coaches All-Big Ten first team, Hooper was joined by sophomore guard Racehl Theriot.
Theriot ranks second among the Huskers with 13.9 points per game on the season, including 15.6 points per game in conference action. Theriot needs just 12 more assists to match the NU single-season assist record (195).
Junior forward Emily Cady and junior guard Tear’a Laudermill added second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches, while junior forward Hailie Sample claimed a spot on the five-player Big Ten All-Defense Team.
Hooper and Theriot both added first-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference media, while Cady and Laudermill both claimed second-team accolades. The media does not name an All-Defensive Team.