Hooper Claims Big 12 Freshman Honor

Hooper Claims Big 12 Freshman Honor

Nebraska's Jordan Hooper captured her conference-leading fourth Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Week award of the season on Monday.

The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged 16 points and 8.5 rebounds per game against Texas and Kansas State last week. Hooper, who has started all 26 games for the Huskers, produced her sixth 20-point scoring effort of the season with 20 points and nine rebounds on Saturday against Kansas State.

Hooper is in the midst of one of the best freshman seasons by a Nebraska women's basketball players in history, averaging 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Hooper ranks third among all league freshmen in scoring, while leading all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding. She also ranks second among Big 12 freshmen with 57 three-pointers.

Hooper's three-point total has already shattered the previous Nebraska freshman record of 46 set by All-Big 12 and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge in 1994-95.

The only Nebraska freshman in history to average 15 points per game was Deb Powell (1981-82), and only two NU freshmen have ever averaged seven rebounds per game in a season (Powell, 1981-82 and Angie Miller, 1983-84).

Hooper and the Huskers take on Missouri on Tuesday night at the Devaney Center. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. In the first meeting between the two teams in Columbia on Feb. 2, Hooper produced one of the best games by a NU freshman in history, scoring 28 of her career-high 31 points in the second half, while tying a school record with seven three-pointers.

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