LINCOLN — Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper earned a spot on the American’s 12-player roster for the Women’s World University Games, USA Basketball announced Sunday.
Hooper, a 6-foot-2 forward from Alliance, is a two-time All-American and has led the Huskers to back-to-back NCAA tournaments, including a trip to the Sweet 16 as a junior last season.
“I am really excited,” Hooper said. “I didn’t really think I had much of a chance to make the team honestly, because there were so many great players, and I didn’t really feel like I played that well the first two days.
“But I made up my mind from the beginning to just go out and play hard and do my best, and I think that’s what the coaches liked about me.”
The U.S. Women’s Basketball junior national team committee chose the squad that will represent the U.S. in Kazan, Russia, from July 8 through 15. Hooper and her other teammates will meet again for training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs form June 25 through July 1.
Hooper is one of five players who will be making their first appearances on a U.S. squad.
Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma), Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan) and Tricia Liston (Duke) join Hooper as first-timers. The other team members are Ariel Massengale (Tennessee), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn), Bria Hartley (UConn), ReShanda Gray (Cal), Cassie Harberts (USC), Theresa Plaisance (LSU) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor). The team will be coached by Sherri Coale (Oklahoma) with help from assistants Brian Giorgis (Marist) and Coquese Washington (Penn State).
“It is a great opportunity,” Hooper said. “I am just going to try to make the most of it and enjoy the experience. I’m really honored to get a chance to represent the United States at the international level for the first time.”