Women’s Basketball Ranked Second in Ivy League Preseason Poll

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

With three starters returning, Harvard looks to earn its third-straight postseason appearance.

PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard women's basketball garnered three first-place votes, ranking second overall in the Ivy League Women's Basketball Preseason Media Poll, the conference announced Thursday.

Harvard collected 120 points for the second-straight year, sitting just behind Princeton. The Tigers, winners of four-straight Ivy League titles, took home 130 points and 13 first-place votes. Penn grabbed one vote for first and placed third with 98 points. Yale rounded out the top half of the conference, followed by Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown and Columbia.

Harvard returns 11 letterwinners and three starters from a squad that finished 21-9 and made its second-straight WNIT appearance a year ago. Senior captain Christine Clark, junior Ali Curtis and junior Temi Fagbenle highlight the returning players. The trio combined to score 31.1 points per game, including 15.6 from Clark, and grab 14.5 rebounds. Fagbenle, a 2012 Olympian with Great Britain, pulled down 7.7 rebounds per game in 2012-13. Clark is a two-time All-Ivy first team selection and enters the season ranked 11th in Harvard history with 1,265 career points. 

The Crimson also added five freshmen, who combined to win seven conference championships, a state championship and a Nike Nationals championship. The incomers also garnered seven all-state and nine all-conference accolades from five different states.

Harvard begins its 2013-14 campaign on the road at the DePaul Maggie Dixon Classic Nov. 8. The Crimson will take on the DePaul Blue Demons in the first round of the tournament.

Rank School (first-place votes) Points
1. Princeton (13) 130
2. Harvard (3)  120
3. Penn (1) 98
4. Yale 91
5. Dartmouth 55
6. Cornell 52
7. Brown 45
8. Columbia 21