PHILADELPHIA - Basketball season is officially underway at the University of Pennsylvania. The women's basketball team opened the 2013-14 campaign on Friday with their first preseason practice.
Under fifth-year head coach Mike McLaughlin, the Quakers return nine letterwinners from a season ago and bring in five new members in the Class of 2017. Penn also returns all five starters from the 2012-13 squad that earned the program's first-ever postseason victory and reached the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational.
Penn's 18 wins last season tied for second-most in program history and the team's nine non-league wins matched the school record set in 1999-00. Penn's 18-13 overall record marked the first winning season since 2004-05 and the team's best record since the 2000-01 team set the school standard with 22 wins.
The Quakers will begin their 2013-14 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 9 against St. Francis Brooklyn at The Palestra. Tip off is at 2 p.m. The schedule is also highlighted by a pair of ACC opponents with Notre Dame visiting the Cathedral of College Basketball on Nov. 23 and the Quakers heading to Miami on Jan. 1. Ivy League play begins Jan. 11 against Princeton.