For a second straight year, Nebraska's Jordan Hooper has been tabbed as one of the top women's basketball players in the country.
Hooper was named to the John R. Wooden Award's Preseason Top 30 list on Wednesday, the second straight year the 6-foot-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., has been named to the preseason watch list. Last year, Hooper helped Nebraska to the NCAA Sweet 16 while earning honorable-mention All-America honors from both the Associated Press and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection averaged 17.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season and should challenge Nebraska school records for points, rebounds and 3-pointers this year.
Hooper was one of three Big Ten players mentioned on the top 30 list, joining Penn State senior Maggie Lucas and Minnesota junior guard Rachel Banham.
Nebraska opens the season at 2 p.m., Sunday with an exhibition against Pittsburg State at Pinnacle Bank Arena.