Hooper, Lucas Selected in Annual WNBA Draft

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Two Big Ten standouts were selected in the 2014 WNBA Draft on Monday night, marking the 17th time in 18 years multiple conference players were selected in the annual event. Nebraska's Jordan Hooper was chosen with the first pick in the second round, going 13th overall to the Tulsa Shock, while Penn State's Maggie Lucas was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Mercury. Both earned Big Ten Player of the Year accolades as seniors this past season.

Hooper becomes the second Husker in as many years to be selected in the draft, following Lindsey Moore, who was taken in the first round by the Minnesota Lynx in 2013. Hooper is the sixth Husker in program history to be selected in the draft. She finished the year ranked among the conference leaders in numerous categories, ranking third in scoring at 20.4 points per game and fourth in rebounds at 9.1 per game. She also drained 80 three-point field goals at a rate of 36.4 percent this year, marks that ranked among the top 15 in the Big Ten this year. She ended the year earning WBCA All-America honors as well as earning second-team AP All-America status.

Lucas gives Penn State three WNBA Draft choices in the last two years, joining Alex Bentley and Nikki Greene from a season ago. Overall, 15 Lady Lions have been selected in the draft's history. Lucas completed her Penn State career as one of the Big Ten's most decorated scorers, ranking first in Big Ten history in three-point field goals with 365. Her 2,510 career points ranks second in program history and fourth in conference annals, and shot 90.7 percent from the free-throw line, setting both Big Ten and school records. As a senior, Lucas garnered USBWA All-America honors, third-team AP All-America status and honorable mention WBCA All-America distinction.

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