Lincoln - Nebraska's Jordan Hooper remained among a narrowed list of candidates for the 2014 John R. Wooden Award by making the Midseason Top 20 List announced by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board on Friday.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring with 20.2 points per game and second in rebounding with 10.4 boards per game through 16 games for the Huskers. Nebraska enters the weekend ranked No. 18 by the Associated Press and No. 16 by USA Today with a 13-3 overall record and 3-1 Big Ten mark.
On Thursday night, Hooper notched her eighth double-double of the season and 34th of her career with 18 points and 10 rebounds in Nebraska's 88-85 overtime win over Minnesota. It was the 100th double-figure scoring performance in Hooper's illustrious Nebraska career.
Hooper also became just the fourth Husker in history to reach the 2,000-point career scoring mark in the win over the Gophers. She joined 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin along with 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year Maurtice Ivy in that select group.
Hooper owns 2,008 points and 978 rebounds in her career. She needs just 22 more boards to become the fifth player in Big Ten Conference history to reach the combined 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound milestones. In Husker history, only Jennings and Griffin have reached those combined marks. Hooper's 2,008 points rank eighth among all active NCAA Division I players, while her 978 rebounds rank 10th.
An outstanding student and citizen, Hooper is also a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Hooper is one of three Big Ten players on the Wooden Award's Midseason Top 20, joining Minnesota's Rachel Banham and Penn State's Maggie Lucas.
Hooper and the Huskers will be back in action this weekend when they play host to No. 22/19 Purdue at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday. Tip-off between the Huskers and Boilermakers is set for 4 p.m.
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