Hooper, Theriot Earn AP All-America Awards

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Hooper, Theriot Earn AP All-America Honors
Huskers Feature Two All-American for Second Straight Season
Lincoln – Jordan Hooper hauled in another huge honor Tuesday, claiming a second-team All-America award from The Associated Press, while sophomore Rachel Theriot added honorable-mention accolades for the Huskers.

Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., claimed All-America honors from the AP for the third straight year after earning honorable-mention accolades as both a sophomore and a junior.

The 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year, Hooper finished her Nebraska career as the school's career three-point leader with 295, which tied for fourth in Big Ten history.

The three-time first-team All-Big Ten choice closed her career ranked No. 2 on the Husker career scoring list with 2,357 points and No. 2 in career rebounds with 1,110. Hooper is the only player in Nebraska history to acheive the combined marks of 2,300 points and 1,100 rebounds and one of just two in Big Ten history to reach those standards. She also tied the school record with 40 career double-doubles, previously set by 2010 first-team AP All-American Kelsey Griffin.

Hooper, who is a finalist for both the Wooden Award and Wade Trophy national player-of-the-year honors, started all 131 games of her Nebraska career. She trails only former Husker All-American and first-round WNBA Draft pick Lindsey Moore's school-record 132 starts.

An outstanding leader with high character, Hooper led Nebraska to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the school's second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2013 and a trip to the NCAA second round in 2014. She also helped shoot the Huskers to their first-ever conference tournament title as a senior in 2014. Hooper is also one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

Over her last three season, Hooper helped the Huskers to 75 wins – the most successful three-year stretch in school history – with 24 wins in 2012, 25 wins in 2013 and 26 wins in 2014.

In her final season as a Husker, Hooper averaged 20.4 points and 9.1 rebounds to rank No. 3 in the Big Ten in both categories. She also hit 80 three-pointers while shooting 36.4 percent from long range for the season. She also hit 80.3 percent of her free throws, while setting a career best with 40 assists.

Theriot, a 6-0 point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, set the Nebraska single-season assist record with 234 as a sophomore. A first-team All-Big Ten pick and the 2014 Big Ten Tournament MVP, Theriot averaged 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game while leading the Big Ten with a 2.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Theriot's 18 assists in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals against Minnesota shattered the tournament single-game record and were the most assists in a game by a Husker in over 35 years.

Theriot ranked among the Big Ten's best in field goal percentage (.484), three-point percentage (.430) and free throw percentage (.885) during her sophomore season, while also leading the Big Red with 39 steals on the year.

Theriot's honorable-mention All-America award is the first national honor of her Husker career, and gives Nebraska two All-America award winners for the second straight season. Prior to 2013, the Huskers had never had two All-Americans in the same season in school history.

2014 Associated Press All-Americans
Chiney Ogwumike, Sr., F, Stanford
Odyssey Sims, Sr., G, Baylor
Breanna Stewart, So., F, UConn
Kayla McBride, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Alyssa Thomas, Sr., G/F, Maryland

Second Team
Stefanie Dolson, Sr., C, UConn
Bria Hartley, Sr., G, UConn
Jewell Loyd, So., G, Notre Dame
Shoni Schimmel, Sr., G, Louisville
Jordan Hooper, Sr., F, Nebraska

Third Team
Natalie Achonwa, Sr., Notre Dame
Tiffany Mitchell, So., G, South Carolina
Maggie Lucas, Sr., G, Penn State
Tricia Liston, Sr., F, Duke
Elizabeth Williams, Jr., F/C, Duke

Rachel Theriot, So., G, Nebraska

Jillian Alleyne, Oregon
Rachel Banham, Minnesota
Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State
Brittany Boyd, California
Asya Bussie, West Virginia
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State
Jerica Coley, Florida International
Diamond DeShields, North Carolina
Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma
Markeisha Gatling, NC State
Chelsea Gray, Duke
Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest
Jennifer Hamson, BYU
Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee
Bria Holmes, West Virginia
Natasha Howard, Florida State
Brittany Hrynko, DePaul
Moriah Jefferson, UConn
Jamie Kaplan, Tulane
Jessica Kuster, Rice
Samantha Logic, Iowa
Valencia McFarland, Mississippi
Tyaunna Marshall, Georgia Tech
Damike Martinez, Iona
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn
Jennifer O'Neill, Kentucky
Haiden Palmer, Gonzaga
Ebony Rowe, Middle Tennessee
Jennifer Schlott, Utah State
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
Kayla Thornton, UTEP
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina