As a four-year starter, a five-year letterman, and a four-time Spring Valley Most Outstanding Player Award winner at Spring Valley Academy, there is no question that this freshman guard from Bellbrook, Ohio fits right in with the rest of the University of Dayton women’s basketball team. Andrea Hoover has already proven, in her first year with the Flyers, she is legit.
She made her way into the starting lineup in the fourth game of her career and currently has 10 starts under her belt. In 14 games, Hoover is second for the Flyers in scoring (10.4 ppg), rebounds (4.7 rpg), three-point field goals made (18) and steals (21). She leads UD in free throws made (37).
She was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for her stellar performance in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic (Dec. 20-21) and the Saint Peter’s College Holiday Classic (Dec. 29-30) which the Flyers won.
Although Hoover is most recognized as an outstanding basketball player, she can do just about anything. If she isn’t playing basketball, you’re bound to find her partaking in some other form of competitive sport. She loves playing volleyball and tennis with her friends, and even played two years of soccer in high school for the men’s team because her school did not yet have a women’s soccer team. She also has an ear for music and enjoys playing the piano in her spare time.
On top of these activities, Andrea hopes to one day learn how to surf. Some would agree that this is an uncommon desire for someone from Bellbrook, Ohio. However, Hoover is originally from Florida and grew up playing in the sand along the coast and observing the local surfers catching waves in the ocean and developed a desire to someday learn this skill.
When asked where she would be if she could be anywhere in the world, without hesitation Hoover replied, “relaxing under the sun in the Fiji Islands.”
Hoover also hopes to have the opportunity to coach college basketball someday.
University of Dayton Athletics Communication student Jordan Martin is writing a feature on each of the members of the 2011-12 University of Dayton women's basketball team throughout the season. This is his first feature story of the year.