Lincoln - Jordan Hooper claimed the first Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Week award of her career after scoring 15 points and pulling down a team-high six rebounds to lead the Nebraska women's basketball team to a 95-38 win over Vermont in her regular-season collegiate debut on Nov. 13.
The two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year from Alliance hit a trio of three-pointers to help the Huskers smash the single-game three-point record with 17 in a 95-38 win over Vermont at the Devaney Center on Nov. 13.
Hooper's debut ranks among the best by a freshman in school history. Only Husker greats Deb Powell (19 points, 7 rebounds), Karen Jennings (18 points, 8 rebounds), Angie Miller (18 points, 8 rebounds) and Kelsey Griffin (18 points, 7 rebounds) had more points and rebounds than Hooper in a season opener as a freshman.
The only other players to score more than Hooper in a season opener as a freshman were Maurtice Ivy (17), Amy Stephens (16) and Stacy Imming (16). All seven of the players to score more than Hooper in a debut went on to score at least 1,000 points as Huskers, including each of the top four scorers in school history (Jennings, Ivy, Griffin, Stephens).
Hooper became the fifth Nebraska native to score 15 or more points in her debut as a freshman, joining Ivy, Miller, Imming and Stephens - who was from Hooper's hometown of Alliance.
Hooper and the Huskers return to action at the Devaney Center on Wednesday night when they play host to Miami. Tip-off with the Hurricanes is set for 7:05 p.m.
Miami returns five starters from a team that won 22 games a year ago and advanced to the WNIT championship game. The Hurricanes, who feature Naismith National Player-of-the-Year candidates Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams, gave Nebraska its closest test in a 29-0 regular-season a year ago, falling to the Huskers 76-71 in Coral Gables, Fla., on Dec. 5.
Top Eight Career-Opening Performances by Husker Freshmen
- Debra Powell (1981-82) - 19 points, 7 rebounds
- Karen Jennings (1989-90) - 18 points, 8 rebounds
- Angie Miller (1983-84) - 18 points, 8 rebounds
- Kelsey Griffin (2005-06) - 18 points, 7 rebounds
- Maurtice Ivy (1984-85) - 17 points, 2 rebounds
- Amy Stephens (1985-86) - 16 points, 4 rebounds
- Stacy Imming (1983-84) - 16 points, 2 rebounds
- Jordan Hooper (2010-11) - 15 points, 6 rebounds