Lincoln - The Nebraska women’s basketball team will celebrate the start of the 2013-14 season with Big Red Tip-Off Tuesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Oct. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Coach Connie Yori and the Huskers, who are coming off their second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the past four years, are inviting fans for a sneak peek at this season’s crop of Huskers. Fans are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. to get a glimpse of Nebraska at practice on their new home court.
Fans also will have the opportunity to select their seats for tickets to watch the Nebraska women’s basketball team play throughout the year in Season One at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Ticket office representatives will be available throughout the event to process season ticket orders. Fans also can purchase tickets right now at Huskers.com/arena with lower level season tickets starting at just $80 for Nebraska’s 20 home games throughout the season.
In addition to the chance to watch the Huskers during a portion of their practice, fans will be introduced to the team, which returns four starters and eight letterwinners from a team that went 25-9 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten in 2012-13. The Huskers will be available to meet and greet fans while also signing autographs during the event. Nebraska’s returning starters are led by two-time All-American and two-time first-team All-Big Ten forward Jordan Hooper. The 6-2 senior from Alliance, Neb., enters her final season at Nebraska in position to challenge school scoring, rebounding and three-point records.
Hooper will be joined by fellow two-year starting forwards Emily Cady and Hailie Sample. Cady, a 6-2 junior from Seward, Neb., is a two-time honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick. Sample, a 6-1 junior from Flower Mound, Texas, has started 67 consecutive games alongside Hooper and Cady in the Husker lineup. Junior Katie Simon, a 6-2 junior from Roseville, Calif., and freshman Allie Havers, a 6-5 center from Paw Paw, Mich., will add more size to the Husker front court.
Sophomore Rachel Theriot, who earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors a year ago, also returns to the Husker starting five. The 6-0 point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, will be joined in the Husker back court by experienced junior guards Tear’a Laudermill and Brandi Jeffery, and sophomore guard Sadie Murren from Wahoo, Neb. Another native Nebraskan, Hannah Tvrdy from Seward, joins fellow freshman guard Esther Ramacieri (Repentigny, Quebec, Canada) as newcomers to the NU backcourt this season.
Admission to Big Red Tip-Off Tuesday is free and concessions will be available at the arena during the event.