Hooper wins Big Ten award
Lincoln - Nebraska senior Jordan Hooper captured her second Big Ten Women's Basketball Player-of-the-Week award of the season after averaging 25.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in a pair of Husker victories last week, the conference office announced on Monday.
The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., produced a truly historic week, becoming just the third Husker and fifth Big Ten player to achieve the combined career milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Hooper reached those combined marks when she finished with 25 points and 10 boards to power Nebraska to an 84-51 win over Michigan on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Hooper hit 9-of-13 shots from the field, including 4-of-6 three-pointers against the Wolverines.
Hooper added her Big Ten-leading 10th double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds in NU's run past Iowa on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. She added three assists, two steals and a blocked shot at Iowa. With 12 defensive rebounds, Hooper individually accounted for 15 defensive stops against the Hawkeyes.
For the week, Hooper hit 20-of-35 (.571) of her shots from the floor, including 7-of-14 three-pointers and all three of her free throw attempts. For the season, Hooper is averaging 19.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Hooper enters the week with 36 career double-doubles and will move past 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings into sole possession of second on the Nebraska career list with her next double-double.
Hooper is also in position to move into the Big Ten's all-time top 15 in both scoring and rebounding this week. She enters the week with 2,078 points and 1,013 career rebounds. Hooper needs 53 points and six rebounds to move into the No. 2 spots on Nebraska's career scoring and rebounding charts.
Hooper owns eight career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week awards in three seasons. The award marks the third by a Husker this year, joining Hooper's award on Dec. 31, and Rachel Theriot's first career honor on Jan. 20.
Nebraska (15-5, 5-3 Big Ten) returns to Big Ten road action on Wednesday when the Huskers take on Wisconsin. Tip-off from the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., is set for 7 p.m. (CT).
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