The Nebraska women’s basketball team picked up three recruits Wednesday: Seward’s Hannah Tvrdy, 6-foot-5 Allie Havers of Paw Paw, Mich., and Canadian Esther Ramacieri.
The three recruits signed national letters of intent with the Huskers, bringing as much promise as the recent recruiting classes that included Rachel Theriot and Sadie Murren, who have already played significant minutes.
The previous class included the 2011-2012 season-long starters Emily Cady of Seward, who was an All-Big Ten freshman, and Hailie Sample of Texas. It also included Brandi Jeffery of Louisiana, now a starter as a sophomore, and Tear’a Laudermill of California, a top reserve for the second consecutive season.
Husker coach Connie Yori said the newest class fits the profile of hard-working players who fit the system of full-time, full-court defense and the motion offense that produced the Big Ten tourney runner-up last year and a No. 15 national ranking this season.
Tvrdy, a 5-foot-6 guard, who played alongside Cady for two seasons at Seward, and with Cady and Murren on a club team. She is the daughter of Seward coach Tom Tvrdy and former Husker Shelly (Block) Trvdy. She played for the Bluejays on the last three of their four straight state titles and part of their 101-game winning streak. She also was named honorary captain of the Journal Star Class B team last year.
“Hannah is an unselfish guard with size,” said Yori. “She can rebound and shoot and has that ‘Nebraska’ blue-collar work ethic and toughness we like.”
Havers, ranked as the No. 76 player in the country, averaged 17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.3 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists as an all-state junior at Mattawan High School. She also has four letters in volleyball and softball. “We like versatile and athletic players in our program, and Allie fits that mold perfectly,” Yori said.
Havers said recently of her visit to Nebraska, “It was a home away from home. I think it will be good for me to be able to get away from home.” She originally committed to Michigan, but a new coaching staff there and the trip to Lincoln changed her mind.
Ramacieri, a guard from Repentigny, Quebec, who played at Dawson College, would be the first Canadian to join the team since Kaitlyn Burke and Harleen Sidhu, who graduated last year. She has played for the national under-17 team and helped lead Dawson to the provincial championship last year.
Ramacieri chose Nebraska because, “No other place could compare. It felt like I was a part of a family,” she said.
Yori said Ramacieri fits the “up-tempo” guard style, is a good on-ball defender and a solid ball-handler. “She will help provide immediate depth in our backcourt,” Yori said.
— Ken Hambleton