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Women's Basketball Picked Third in Ivy Preseason Poll

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

Senior co-captain Destiny Nunley returns to lead the Harvard women's basketball team. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball was selected third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll, the conference announced today (Oct. 26). The Crimson finished the 2015-16 campaign in third place at 9-5 in the Ivy League, behind Princeton (12-2) and conference regular season champion Penn (13-1).

Harvard has finished in the top three of the Ivy League standings every year since the 2006-07 campaign (10 years). The Crimson earned 104 points in the poll, just behind Princeton, picked second in the poll with 110 points, and Penn, picked first with 136 points.

The Crimson went 14-14 overall last season, earning a selection to the WNIT Tournament. The appearance marked the sixth appearance over the last eight years in the tournament for the Crimson and the program's 12th postseason appearance, the most of any Ivy League team.

Harvard returns two starters and nine letterwinners from a year ago, including senior co-captain Destiny Nunley, who averaged 6.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as the team's top reserve player. The Crimson added four freshmen to the program this fall, with two guards and two forwards solidifying Harvard's roster heading into the 2016-17 campaign.

The 2016-17 season begins for Harvard on November 12 on the road at Minnesota, with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET.

2016-17 IVY LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

1. Penn (17) 136
2. Princeton 110
3. Harvard 104
4. Cornell 76
5. Dartmouth 66
6. Yale 56
7. Brown 40
8. Columbia 24

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