A new arena, four returning starters, three incoming freshmen and a point guard to be determined.
Those are a few of the storylines for Connie Yori and the Nebraska women’s basketball team as they began summer workouts Tuesday. The team is allowed eight practices this summer in preparation for the upcoming season, with home games set for Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The roster is set with the four returning starters — 6-foot-2 senior forward Jordan Hooper, 6-2 junior forward Emily Cady, 6-1 junior forward Hailie Sample and 6-0 sophomore guard Rachel Theriot — joined by four letter-winners and three incoming freshmen. The biggest hole to fill was left by departing point guard Lindsey Moore, the school's career assist leader who was selected in the first round of this year's WNBA Draft.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, returns as a two-time All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection. Hooper averaged 17.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a junior for a Nebraska team that went 25-9 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten.
Hooper will split her time this summer between Nebraska and the U.S. Basketball World University Games Team. Hooper, who will participate in training camp June 25 through July 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo., will travel with USA Basketball to Kazan, Russia, on July 8-15.
Junior guards Brandi Jeffery and Tear’a Laudermill, along with 6-2 junior forward Katie Simon, lead the list of returning contributors. Sophomore Sadie Murren is recovered from a back injury that sidelined her last season after she played in 18 games.
Fellow 2012-13 freshman Courtney Aitken from Dannebrog chose not to return to the Husker team for her second season. The 5-9 guard appeared in six early-season games before being sidelined by injury in December. She plans to continue her academic career at Nebraska.
The incoming freshmen are former Seward High School star Hannah Tvrdy, Michigan prep standout Allie Havers (a 6-5 center) and Esther Ramacieri, a 5-8 guard from Repentigny, Quebec.