Men sellout first season; now it's the ladies turn

Lincoln - The Nebraska women's basketball program, fresh off a trip to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, tipped off its 2013-14 ticket sales for Season One at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, May 8.

Nebraska fans can visit Huskers.com/arena right now and purchase adult general admission season tickets for just $80. Fans who want reserved tickets can choose their seats on-line for the first season in the new arena for just $160. A $25 per seat deposit is all that is needed to secure the season tickets, and fans will be invoiced prior to the start of the 2013-14 campaign. With 20 games on the schedule for Coach Connie Yori's Huskers, season ticket holders will enjoy the best value in Nebraska Athletics.

The 2013-14 Huskers, who are coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids, are expected to play 18 regular-season games in their first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Fans can expect to see 10 non-conference clashes and eight Big Ten regular-season games, along with a pair of exhibition games.

The Huskers will play at least six 2013 NCAA Tournament teams in their first season on their home court at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In fact, all six teams advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In all, Nebraska expects to play at least nine regular-season home games against 2013 postseason teams.

In 2012-13, Nebraska's strength of schedule ranked No. 12 nationally, as the Huskers finished No. 16 in the RPI and No. 18 in the final USA Today Top 25. NU finished with a 25-9 overall record - the second-most wins in school history - including a 12-4 conference mark as the Big Ten runner-up. The Big Ten was one of the nation's top conferences a year ago, sending six teams to the second round or beyond in the NCAA Tournament.

The Huskers also ranked No. 16 nationally in average home attendance in the final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Nebraska is coming off its second trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in the past four years and will feature four returning starters led by senior forward Jordan Hooper. A two-time All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection, Hooper hopes to spend her senior season chasing history. The National Player-of-the-Year candidate enters her final campaign with striking distance of Nebraska's career scoring, rebounding and three-point shooting records.

The 6-2 forward from Alliance is one of five Nebraska natives set to represent the Huskers in their first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena, including junior Emily Cady. The 6-2 forward from Seward has started every game in her first two years on the court for the Huskers and is a two-time honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice.

Cady's Seward High School teammate Hannah Tvrdy will join the Huskers for their first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The freshman guard was an all-stater who helped the Bluejays to three straight unbeaten state championship seasons, including two with Cady.

Sophomore Sadie Murren from Colon (Wahoo High School) and redshirt freshman Courtney Aitken from Dannebrog (Centura High School) help make up nearly half of Nebraska's 2013-14 roster.

In addition to the strong Nebraska flavor on the Husker roster, returning starters Rachel Theriot (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) and Hailie Sample (Flower Mound, Texas) add more talent and experience. Theriot earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors while helping the Huskers to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season, while Sample has started every game alongside Hooper and Cady the past two seasons.

In all, Nebraska is set to return nine letterwinners, including juniors Tear'a Laudermill (Riverside, Calif.), Brandi Jeffery (Vacherie, La.) and Katie Simon (Roseville, Calif.), who have all played significant roles in helping the Husker women's basketball program to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and two of the best seasons in school history in 2012 and 2013.

The 2013-14 campaign also will offer fans their first look at freshman Allie Havers. The 6-5 center from Paw Paw, Mich., was a finalist for Michigan Player-of-the-Year honors in both basketball and volleyball. Havers was also a first-team all-stater as a pitcher/shortstop in softball. She averaged 19.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2.3 steals per game as a senior at Mattawan High School in the Kalamazoo, Mich., area. The Huskers also welcome Canadian Esther Ramacieri, a 5-8 guard from Repentigny, Quebec.

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