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Jordan Hooper earned a spot on Wade Watch List announced Feb. 7.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 02/07/2012
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Hooper Added to Wade Trophy Watch List

Nebraska sophomore Jordan Hooper was one of eight women's basketball players nationally added to the 2012 Wade Trophy Watch List on Tuesday.

Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., has helped power the Huskers to a No. 13 national ranking and a 19-3 overall record in their first season in the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers own an 8-2 conference mark thanks in large part to Hooper's 20 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Hooper ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring and leads the conference in rebounding. She also leads the Big Ten with 10 double-doubles on the season and has scored in double figures in all 22 games this season. Hooper also ranks among the Big Ten leaders with 51 three-pointers made on the season - already the second-highest total by a sophomore in school history. Hooper is one of just six sophomores on the 2012 Wade Watch List.

Last season, Hooper averaged 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to earn a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She has improved her game in every area on the season and has developed into one of the most explosive players in Nebraska history and a leading contender for Big Ten Player-of-the-Year honors. Hooper scored 30 or more points three times in a four-game stretch this season, becoming just the second player in school history to accomplish that feat. She also became just the second player in school history to grab 15 or more rebounds in back-to-back games.

She is on track to become the first sophomore in school history to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark. In fact, Hooper needs just 10 points to match the combined freshman-sophomore season totals of 2010 Wade Trophy finalist Kelsey Griffin and just 54 points to reach the total of 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings at the end of her sophomore season in 1991.

Hooper is one of three Big Ten players added to the 2011-12 State Farm Wade Watch List, joining Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis and Tayler Hill. Anna Martin (DePaul), A'dia Mathies (Kentucky), Khadijah Rushdan (Rutgers), Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) and Julie Wojta (Green Bay) were other additions to the list of 25 "Wade Watch" national player-of-the-year hopefuls from the preseason.

State Farm and the Wade Trophy Coalition present The State Farm Wade Trophy to the nation's most outstanding NCAA® Division I women's basketball player each year - one who not only excels athletically but also serves as a positive role model both on and off the court. The acclaimed Wade Watch list, from which The State Farm Wade Trophy recipient is chosen, consists of players selected on the basis of game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team, and overall playing ability.

The State Farm Wade Watch list will be trimmed to 12 finalists in mid-March. State Farm and the Wade Trophy Coalition will officially announce the State Farm Wade Trophy winner during the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four® in Denver.

Hooper and the Huskers will be in action at the Devaney Center on Thursday night when Nebraska takes on Michigan. Tip-off between the Huskers and Wolverines is set for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available now at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED.

2012 State Farm Wade Watch List

Player

Year

Position

Institution

LaSondra Barrett

Senior

Forward

Louisiana State

Alex Bentley

Junior

Guard

Penn State

Cierra Bravard

Senior

Forward

Florida State

Carolyn Davis

Junior

Forward

Kansas

Elena Delle Donne

Junior

Forward

Delaware

Skylar Diggins

Junior

Guard

Notre Dame

Jasmine Dixon

Senior

Forward

UCLA

Stefanie Dolson

Sophomore

Center

Connecticut

Brittney Griner

Junior

Post

Baylor

Keisha Hampton

Senior

Forward

DePaul

Bria Hartley

Sophomore

Guard

Connecticut

Tiffany Hayes

Senior

Guard

Connecticut

Tayler Hill

Junior

Guard

Ohio State

Jordan Hooper

Sophomore

Forward

Nebraska

Glory Johnson

Senior

Forward

Tennessee

Shenise Johnson

Senior

Guard

Miami

Anna Martin

Junior

Guard

DePaul

A'dia Mathies

Junior

Guard

Kentucky

Natalie Novosel

Senior

Guard

Notre Dame

Chiney Ogwumike

Sophomore

Forward

Stanford

Nneka Ogwumike

Senior

Forward

Stanford

Devereaux Peters

Senior

Forward

Notre Dame

Samantha Prahalis

Senior

Guard

Ohio State

Jaime Printy

Junior

Guard

Iowa

Monique Reid

Senior

Forward

Louisville

Sugar Rodgers

Junior

Guard

Georgetown

Khadijah Rushdan

Senior

Guard

Rutgers

Odyssey Sims

Sophomore

Guard

Baylor

Shekinna Stricklen

Senior

Guard

Tennessee

Alyssa Thomas

Sophomore

Forward

Maryland

Tyra White

Senior

Guard

Texas A&M

Riquna Williams

Senior

Guard

Miami

Julie Wojta

Senior

Guard

Wisconsin-Green Bay

The Wade Trophy, named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June 2000 when the WBCA partnered with The National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). For the past 10 years the two have worked together to present The State Farm Wade Trophy player of the year award. A committee composed of coaches, administrators and media from across the U.S. selects the winner.

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