Honors & Awards
The 5-8 sophomore from Repentigny, Quebec, Canada, saw playing time in eight of NU’s 11 non-conference games, including a career-high 13 minutes when she grabbed a career-best three rebounds in a win over High Point on Dec. 20. She added two rebounds in a win over Alcorn State Nov. 16.
Ramacieri also appeared in seven Big Ten regular-season games as a sophomore, making her first career start in place of Hailie Sample against Penn State Jan. 15. Ramacieri played nine total minutes in her seven Big Ten appearances and did not attempt a shot, but she did pull down rebounds against Penn State and Minnesota (Feb. 24).
Ramacieri did not travel with the team to Minnesota for the Big Ten opener because of a stomach virus, but returned to action against Maryland.
"On offense we like to play fast and Esther is an up-tempo type of guard," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Esther is a good on-ball defender and excels at pushing the ball in transition, which makes her a great fit for our system. She is athletic, competitive, an excellent ball-handler and a hard worker."
She also scored her first career point and grabbed two rebounds in Nebraska's victory over 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifier South Dakota on Dec. 21.
Ramacieri added a point in NU's win over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24, while also grabbing a pair of rebounds. She added two rebounds in NU's win over Michigan on Jan. 29.
She saw her first NCAA Tournament action in Nebraska's first-round win over Fresno State in Los Angeles on March 22. In one minute on the court, Ramacieri set career bests by going 2-for-2 at the free throw line to finish with two points.
She averaged 0.2 points and 0.5 rebounds in 2.5 minutes per game as a freshman.
In 2011-12, Dawson won the Quebec Provincial Championship and claimed a silver medal at the CCAA National Championships. Ramacieri averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, while helping Dawson to an 18-2 record.
Ramacieri was chosen as Felix Leclerc High School's athlete of the year four times. She was also selected as the most valuable player of her Dawson Community Blues club team in both 2009 and 2010. In 2010-11, Ramacieri started all 26 games for the Blues and averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game for Coach Terri Neill.
Ramacieri played on bronze medal-winning teams for Quebec at the 2011 Canadian U-17 Championships and the 2008 Canadian U-15 Championships. She also helped her Lanaudiere club team to a silver medal at the 2007 Quebec Games. She served as the official flag bearer for Lanaudiere at the 2010 Quebec Games in Gatineau.
Ramacieri is the fourth Canadian to compete for the Huskers in women's basketball, following 2012 Canadian Olympian Chelsea Aubry (2004-07), Kaitlyn Burke (2008-12) and Harleen Sidhu (2009-12).
"I chose Nebraska because it was the best fit for me, as far as the school, academics, coaches and players," Ramacieri said. "Once I came on the visit, I knew there was no other place that could compare to Nebraska. It felt like I was a part of a family. I've wanted to play basketball in the states ever since I was six years old, so finding a perfect fit for me was a dream come true. Nebraska was the only place that felt like home."
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