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Women’s Basketball Picked Third in Ivy League Preseason Poll

Photo courtesy of Elan Kawesch
Photo courtesy of Elan Kawesch

Harvard returns 11 letterwinners from a season ago (Elan Kawesch).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball earned one first-place vote and was picked third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll, it was announced Tuesday. The rankings nearly mirror the final standings from last season, where the Crimson went 11-3 in conference play and finished one game behind first-place Penn.

Harvard received 106 points a year after becoming the first Ivy League team to receive an at-large bid to a postseason tournament. Princeton and Penn each garnered 123 points in a tie for No. 1, though Princeton received two more votes for first. Yale is ranked fourth with 90 points before a significant drop-off to the bottom of the conference, where Cornell collected 61 votes, Columbia and Dartmouth obtained 38, and Brown totaled 33.

The Crimson returns 11 letterwinners from last year's squad, including first team All-Ivy selection Temi Fagbenle, who averaged 13.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a junior. Seniors Ali Curtis and Erin McDonnell are the other two starters from last season that return. Curtis led the Crimson in assists, while McDonnell – named this year's co-captain with Kaitlyn Dinkins – was Harvard's strongest 3-point shooter a year ago.

Harvard added four freshmen for the upcoming season. The class, which spans four states, combined to win four state titles, an independent school league championship and earned a total of 11 all-conference selections.

The season begins for the Crimson on November 15 with a home game against Colgate. The tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be shown on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Rank

School (first-place)

Votes

1.     

Princeton (9)  

123

1.         

Penn (7)            

123

3.         

Harvard (1)    

106

4.         

Yale                   

90

5.         

Cornell            

61

6.         

Columbia        

38

6.         

Dartmouth      

38

8.         

Brown               

33 

 
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