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Jordan Hooper and Connie Yori took home the Big Ten's top honors on Monday.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 03/03/2014
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Huskers Dominate All-Big Ten Teams

Lincoln - Jordan Hooper became the first Nebraska women's basketball player to claim Big Ten Player-of-the-Year honors,when the conference announced its annual awards on Monday.

Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., captured first-team All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive season, while becoming just the fourth Husker in history to earn a conference player-of-the-year award. She joins 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (Big 12), 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings (Big Eight) and 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year Maurtice Ivy on that distinguished list of Huskers.

Griffin, Jennings and Ivy are the only three Huskers in history to have their jerseys retired by the school. Hooper joins the same group as the only three-time first-team all-conference selections in school history, along with three-time first-team All-Big 12 pick Kiera Hardy (2005, 2006, 2007).

"Wow, what an amazing honor," Hooper said. "It is obviously a tremendous honor to be the Big Ten Player of the Year, especially since it was voted on by the conference coaches. It's more exciting though that our whole starting five and Coach Yori were honored. That is unbelievable. I think that says a lot about the amount of work we put in to get better throughout the season, and it also says a lot about the ability of our coaches to make us a better team."

Hooper, who averaged 20.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, led the Big Red to a 22-6 regular-season record and a 12-4 Big Ten mark. Hooper set the school career three-point record (285), while climbing to No. 2 at Nebraska in career points (2,248) and rebounds (1,071). She is also one of only five players in Big Ten history to reach the combined milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Hooper, one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, headlined a Husker starting five that all earned an all-conference honor. She was joined on the coaches All-Big Ten first team by sophomore guard Rachel Theriot.

The 6-0 point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, ranks second among the Huskers with 13.9 points per game on the season, including 15.6 points per game in conference action. Theriot is also one of the top passers in the Big Ten and Husker history. She needs just 12 more assists to match the NU single-season assist record (195) shared by 2013 WNBA first-round pick Lindsey Moore and Meggan Yedsena. Theriot owns the top assist-to-turnover ratio in the Big Ten, while also shooting 50 percent from the field and three-point range during Big Ten play. She also shot nearly 90 percent from the free throw line during the regular season.

Junior forward Emily Cady and junior guard Tear'a Laudermill added second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches, while junior forward Hailie Sample claimed a spot on the five-player Big Ten All-Defense Team.

In addition to Nebraska's starting five claiming All-Big Ten honors, Connie Yori was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers for the second straight season. It is the fourth conference coach-of-the-year award for Yori, who was the 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year and the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year at Creighton. Yori was also the national coach of the year in 2010.

"I am thrilled for our players," Yori said. "They put in a ton of work to get better all year long. It is really gratifying to see that hard work recognized and rewarded by the other coaches in the conference."

Hooper and Theriot both added first-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference media, while Cady and Laudermill both claimed second-team accolades. The media does not name an All-Defensive Team.

Nebraska's 2014 Big Ten Awards
(Voting by conference coaches)

Big Ten Player of the Year - Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

Big Ten Coach of the Year - Connie Yori

First-Team All-Big Ten

  • Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
  • Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., PG, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.5 apg)

Second-Team All-Big Ten

  • Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., F, Seward, Neb. (13.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.2 apg)
  • Tear'a Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., G, Riverside, Calif. (11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

Big Ten All-Defensive Team

  • Hailie Sample, 6-1, Jr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (6.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.4 apg)

Sportsmanship Award

  • Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

Nebraska's 2014 Big Ten Awards
(Voting by conference media)

First-Team All-Big Ten

  • Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (20.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
  • Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., PG, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.5 apg)

Second-Team All-Big Ten

  • Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., F, Seward, Neb. (13.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.2 apg)
  • Tear'a Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., G, Riverside, Calif. (11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
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