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Women’s Basketball Picked Third in Ivy League Preseason Poll

Junior co-captain Madeline Raster and the Crimson reached the second round of the WNIT last season (Gil Talbot).
Junior co-captain Madeline Raster and the Crimson reached the second round of the WNIT last season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team has been selected third in the Ivy League Preseason poll, selected by the media, the conference announced Wednesday. The Crimson finished the 2016-17 season with an 8-6 record in the Ancient Eight, trailing Princeton (9-5) and Penn (13-1).

Last season marked the 11th season that the Crimson finished in the top three in the Ivy League standings, dating all the way back to the 2006-07 season.

Harvard earned 98 points in the preseason poll, trailing Princeton who was picked second with 120 points and Penn who earned 129 points in first. The Quakers received 12 first-place votes and the Tigers garnered five.

Last season, the Crimson went 21-9, making it to the second round of the WNIT after a win in the first round against New Hampshire. The WNIT appearance marked the seventh time in the past nine years, and the program's 13th appearance in the postseason, the most of any other Ivy League team.

For the 2017-18 season, the Crimson will return senior co-captain Kirby Porter, who started 27 games a year ago. The team will also return junior co-captain Madeline Raster, who scored 10.6 ppg and averaged 4.8 rpg. The Crimson welcomed five freshmen to the team this fall.

The 2017-18 season kicks off against in Orono, Maine for the Maine Tip-Off Tournament against Dayton on Nov. 10th at 8 p.m. Harvard will host its first home game Nov. 15, welcoming Siena to the renovated Lavietes Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Team (1st Place) – Total Votes
1.     Penn (12) 129
2.     Princeton (5) 120
3.     Harvard 98
4.     Brown 87
5.     Yale 64
6.     Cornell 48
7.     Columbia 42
8.     Dartmouth 24

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