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Hooper Named Wade Trophy Finalist
Jordan Hooper was named one of 12 finalists for 2014 Wade Trophy.
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Courtesy: NU Media Relations
03/27/2014
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Lincoln - Nebraska senior Jordan Hooper was named one of 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy by the award's committee, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and SHAPE America on Thursday.

The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the WBCA National Player of the Year. Hooper becomes the third Husker Wade Trophy finalist in history, joining 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 2010 first-team WBCA All-American Kelsey Griffin.

Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., closed her Nebraska career ranked No. 2 in career points (2,357) and rebounds (1,110) in Husker history, while also setting the school three-point record with 295 in her career. She tied Griffin's career record with 40 double-doubles, while setting Nebraska records for career points, rebounds and three-pointers in the NCAA Tournament.

Hooper led Nebraska to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2012 through 2014, averaging 25 wins per season. She powered Nebraska to its second NCAA Sweet 16 bid in school history in 2013, while also leading NU to its first-ever conference tournament title in 2014.

The 2014 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, Hooper is the only Husker in history to produce 2,300 points and 1,100 rebounds in her career and one of only two Big Ten players in history to achieve those combined milestones.

As a senior, Hooper averaged 20.4 points and 9.1 rebounds while leading Nebraska to a 26-7 overall record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members consisting of leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators. The committee will select the winner of The Wade Trophy from among these 12 finalists who also are named to the 10-member WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team when it is chosen in April.

The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. CT Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

“The Wade Trophy is one of the most exciting awards to be a part of, because these 12 finalists are the games’ most elite players and are truly exciting to watch,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “This trophy is the equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, which is given out annually in collegiate football. These finalists play immense roles as members of their respective institutions’ women’s basketball programs and one of them will be honored with our sport’s most prestigious award.”

The Wade Trophy Finalists are as follows:

Name

Institution

Year

Position

Stefanie Dolson

University of Connecticut

Senior

Center

Bria Hartley

University of Connecticut

Senior

Guard

Jordan Hooper

University of Nebraska

Senior

Forward

Natasha Howard

Florida State University

Senior

Forward

Jewell Loyd

University of Notre Dame

Sophomore

Guard

Maggie Lucas

Penn State University

Senior

Guard

Kayla McBride

University of Notre Dame

Senior

Guard

Tiffany Mitchell

University of South Carolina

Sophomore

Guard

Chiney Ogwumike

Stanford University

Senior

Forward

Odyssey Sims

Baylor University

Senior

Guard

Breanna Stewart

University of Connecticut

Sophomore

Forward

Alyssa Thomas

University of Maryland

Senior

Forward

The Wade Trophy, now in its 37th year, is named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. This most prestigious award, regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball”, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball.

Last year, Baylor’s Brittney Griner received the prestigious award for the second year in a row. Connecticut’s Maya Moore was the first student-athlete to win the award three consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011). The first recipient of the Wade Trophy was Carol Blazejowski of Montclair State in 1978. Other Wade Trophy/NCAA Division I Player of the Year recipients include many WNBA standouts such as Teresa Weatherspoon (1988), DeLisha Milton-Jones (1997), Candace Parker (2007), Ticha Penicheiro (1998), Sue Bird (2002) and Diana Taurasi (2003).

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About SHAPE America:
The vision of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) is “Healthy People – Physically Educated and Physically Active!” Headquartered in Reston, VA, 25 miles west of Washington, DC, SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity and school health—all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Founded in 1885, its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport by providing its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to further the health and well-being of the American public. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.

About the WBCA:
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls.

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