Lincoln - Nebraska's Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in Husker women's basketball history to earn All-America honors, when the Associated Press announced its teams on Tuesday.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (18.9 ppg) and led the conference in rebounding (9.3 rpg) in her second season with the Huskers. She became the first sophomore in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point mark, finishing 2011-12 ranked No. 22 on NU's all-time list with 1,078 points. Hooper also became the first sophomore to score more than 600 points and grab more than 300 rebounds in a season.
Hooper ranked among the top 30 players nationally in scoring and the top 50 in rebounding. She also led the Big Ten with 14 double-doubles on the year. She is on pace to set Nebraska's career three-point record, hitting 134 through her first two seasons.
A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Hooper was also a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament Team as a sophomore, before being named to the WBCA All-Region 6 Team. She was added to the midseason watch lists for both the Wade Trophy and the Naismith Trophy.
Previously, Anna DeForge was the only underclassmen in school history to earn All-America honors. DeForge, who went on to become a two-time WNBA All-Star, was an AP honorable-mention All-American as both a junior (1996-97) and senior (1997-98).
The 40 players on the AP All-America teams are composed of 15 seniors, 14 juniors, nine sophomores and two freshmen.
2012 Associated Press All-America Teams
- Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, Jr.
- Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-2, Sr.
- Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, 6-5, Jr.
- Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, 5-9, Jr.
- Alyssa Thomas, Maryland, 6-2, So.
- Odyssey Sims, Baylor, 5-9, So.
- Shenise Johnson, Miami, 5-11, Sr.
- Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State, 5-7, Sr.
- Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-3, So.
- Julie Wojta, Green Bay, 6-0, Sr.
- Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut, 5-10, Sr.
- A'dia Mathies, Kentucky, 5-9, Jr.
- Elizabeth Williams, Duke, 6-3, Fr.
- Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee, 6-2, Sr.
- Riquna Williams, Miami, 5-7, Sr.
- Courtney Clements, San Diego State, 6-0, Jr., G
- Jerica Coley, Florida International, 5-7, So., G
- Shante Evans, Hofstra, 6-0, Jr., F
- Angel Goodrich, Kansas, 5-4, Jr., G
- Chelsea Gray, Duke, 5-11, So., G
- Rachel Hackbarth, Drake, 6-3, Sr., C
- Bria Hartley, Connecticut, 5-7, So., G
- Tayler Hill, Ohio State, 5-10, Jr., G
- Jordan Hooper, Nebraska, 6-2, So., F
- Courtney Hurt, VCU, 6-1, Sr., F
- Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan, 5-7, Jr., G
- Glory Johnson, Tennessee, 6-3, Sr., F
- Maggie Lucas, Penn State, 5-10, So., G
- Anna Martin, DePaul, 5-9, Jr., G
- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, 6-0, Fr., F
- Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame, 5-11, Sr., G
- Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame, 6-2, Sr., F
- Michelle Plouffe, Utah, 6-4, So., F
- Chelsea Poppens, Iowa State, 6-2, Jr., F
- Niveen Rasheed, Princeton, 6-0, Jr., F
- Kristen Riley, BYU, 6-3, Sr., F
- Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, 5-11, Jr., G
- Kristina Santiago, Cal Poly,6-2, Sr., F
- Kayla Standish, Gonzaga, 6-3, Sr., F
- Davellyn White, Arizona, 5-11, Jr., G