LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's Jordan Hooper thinks every shot she takes should go in the basket.
Hey, whatever works for the Big Ten's second-leading scorer.
Hooper, who has had at least 30 points in three of the last four games, has coach Connie Yori of the 19th-ranked Cornhuskers thinking the same way.
"She missed like three consecutive shots against Penn State in the second half, and I'm thinking, 'Why isn't she making those shots?'" Yori said. "Then she tears off three or four makes in a row. She's just a really good scorer and she has such a great stroke."
Hooper heads into the home game against Indiana on Thursday night shooting 54.2 percent the last four games, 43.8 percent from 3-point range. She's averaging 21.2 points for the season, up 7 points from a year ago. Ohio State's Tayler Hill leads the Big Ten with 21.7 points a game.
The 6-foot-2 Hooper has evolved from the shy freshman who took the Big 12 by surprise last year.
No longer is she a stand-still shooter hesitant to create contact. She's come into the Big Ten more confident shooting off the dribble, taking the ball to the hoop or posting up.
She'll always love to shoot the 3-pointer. That was her calling card when she was recruited out of the western Nebraska town of Alliance, population 9,000. She kept putting up lots of long balls while leading the Huskers in scoring her freshman season.
"I knew I was going to have to step up a little more than I did last year and actually finish some of my shots," Hooper said. "I didn't think I was going to be this prolific, you could say."
Hooper, of course, doesn't make every shot. She doesn't even make half of them. But that doesn't keep her from making perfection her goal.
"I expect it to go in every time," she said. "When it doesn't, I'm not surprised. I'm more mad. I want them to go in all the time."
She has improved her field-goal percentage from .362 last season to .455 for a team that's 12-1 after winning its Big Ten opener on the road last weekend against then-No. 16 Penn State.
"Jordan had the deer-in-the-headlights look as a freshman last year, as do most freshmen," Yori said. "We put a lot of pressure on her to score for us. She wasn't quite ready to be as versatile as she is now."
Hooper was given a list of areas to improve in the offseason, and she took her task seriously.
She alternated having bigger and smaller players guard her in pickup games so she could adjust her game accordingly. She dedicated herself in the weight room, which has helped her improve her inside game and rebounding.
She also made a point to get to the free-throw line more often. So far, she's attempted 85 free throws in 13 games, one fewer than her 31-game total last season.
Hooper's hot streak started with a career-high 32 points in a double-overtime win at Northern Arizona. She scored 21 points in 25 minutes against Vermont, had 30 points against South Dakota State and 31 more against Penn State.
"With a player like her, you have to make her work to get touches," Penn State coach Coquese Washington said. "You have to make her work and not let her get in her sweet spots on the floor. We didn't do that enough, and then once she made a few baskets and got some confidence and got in a rhythm, it was pretty tough to slow her down."
Hooper also is the league's No. 2 rebounder, with 9.2 per game, and she has six double-doubles.
"Jordan has just been tearing it up," Yori said. "I don't know what else she can do for us."