Hooper on list

Lincoln - Nebraska's Jordan Hooper has been selected as one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball.

The Senior CLASS Award announced its list of candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 30. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must display notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition. The acronym for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School," the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., is a two-time honorable-mention All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. She has also been a nominee for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. In the community, she has volunteered her time at Belmont Elementary School, Saint Elizabeth's Regional Medical Center and participated on Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, among her many activities.

On the court, Hooper has led the Huskers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16. She has started 98 consecutive games and serves as a team captain. She enters her senior season with a chance to challenge Nebraska records for points, rebounds and three-pointers made.

Hooper is one of only two women's basketball student-athletes in the Big Ten Conference to earn a spot on the elite list of 30 Senior CLASS Award candidates, joining Penn State's Maggie Lucas.

The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 by a national media committee for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in November. The 10 finalists will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

Hooper will take part in Big Ten Conference Media Day in Chicago on Thursday, before leading the Huskers in their final exhibition game against Nebraska-Kearney at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.

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