PRINCETON, N.J. – After finishing in the top three of the Ivy League standings for the 13th consecutive season a year ago, the Harvard women's basketball team was selected to finish third in the Ivy League preseason media poll, as announced by the conference today, Oct. 23. The Crimson concluded its 2018-19 campaign in third place with a 17-13 overall record and 9-5 league mark.
Harvard earned 95 points, trailing Princeton and Penn in a tie for first place with 125 points each. Yale rounded out the top four teams predicted to make the fourth-annual Ivy League tournament, followed by Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth and Brown.
Led by co-captains senior Mackenzie Barta and junior Rachel Levy, the Crimson will kick off its 2019-20 season on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Northern Illinois. The 2020 Ivy League Tournament will be held in Cambridge at Lavietes Pavilion from March 14-15, featuring the top four men's and women's teams from the regular season.
Making its 15th postseason appearance a year ago, the most of any Ivy League team, the Crimson hosted and advanced to the second round of the WNIT for the fifth time in program history. Harvard's first round appearance marked its ninth time being selected to the WNIT in program history, also the most among Ivy League schools.
2019-20 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Princeton (10) 125
2. Penn (7) 125
3. Harvard 95
4. Yale 90
5. Cornell 60
6. Columbia 47
7. Dartmouth 47
8. Brown 23