Hooper Named First-Team All-American
Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics
Nebraska senior Jordan Hooper became the third Husker in history to earn first-team WBCA All-America honors, when the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced on Saturday at the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville.
Hooper was part of a 10-player first team that includes seven seniors and three sophomores. UConn seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley joined sophomore Breanna Stewart in giving the Huskies three first-team honorees, while Notre Dame senior Kayla McBride and sophomore Jewell Loyd gave the Irish a pair of first-team selections. Stanford senior Chiney Ogwumike, Baylor senior Odyssey Sims and Maryland senior Alyssa Thomas joined South Carolina sophomore Tiffany Mitchell in rounding out the elite team.
“It is truly a great honor to be chosen to the WBCA First-Team All-America team,” Hooper said. “I had the honor of playing with several of these players with USA Basketball at the World University Games over the summer, so I've seen what great players they are. It is a privilege to be mentioned in the same group as them.”
Hooper becomes the third Husker in history to earn a spot on the WBCA first team and the second in the past five seasons, joining 2010 first-team All-America forward Kelsey Griffin. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner, was Nebraska's first first-team WBCA All-American in 1993.
The WBCA honor is the most recent All-America collected by Hooper this week. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., who was a finalist for both the Wade Trophy and the Wooden Award in 2014, was named one of five first-team All-Americans by the Senior CLASS Award on Friday. She was a second-team All-American by the Associated Press earlier in the week. The AP chose a five-player first team and a five player second team.
Hooper, who was a two-time honorable-mention All-America selection by both the WBCA and the AP in 2012 and 2013, was a three-time WBCA All-Region 6 pick.
A three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year, Hooper was a semifinalist in the Buick Women's 3-Point Championship on Thursday night at the NCAA Men's Final Four festivities in Dallas, before traveling to Nashville for the announcement of the WBCA All-America team on Saturday.
Hooper, who was a two-time Big Ten All-Tournament selection and helped the Huskers to their first-ever Big Ten Tournament title in 2014, finished her Husker career as the school record holder with 295 three-pointers which tied for third in Big Ten history. She also tied the NU record with 40 career double-doubles while ranking second in school history in both points (2,357) and rebounds (1,110). Hooper is the only Husker and one of only two Big Ten players in history to achieve those combined career milestones.
2014 WBCA First-Team All-Americans
Stefanie Dolson, 6-5, Sr., C, UConn
Bria Hartley, 5-8, Sr., G, UConn
Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Nebraska
Jewell Loyd, 5-10, So., G, Notre Dame
Kayla McBride, 5-11, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Tiffany Mitchell, 5-9, So., G, South Carolina
Chiney Ogwumike, 6-3, Sr., F, Stanford
Odyssey Sims, 5-8, Sr., G, Baylor
Breanna Stewart, 6-4, So., F, UConn
Alyssa Thomas, 6-2, Sr., F, Maryland