Penn Picked Third in Preseason Ivy League Poll

Ivy League Press Release

Philadelphia – Penn women’s basketball has its marching orders for 2004-05 as members of the media selected the Quakers to finish third in the Ivy League preseason poll. The Red and Blue received 99 overall votes anda pair of first-place votes, sitting behind Harvard and predicted Ancient Eight champion Dartmouth.

The Quakers come into the season looking to replace 2003-04 Ivy League Player of the Year Jewel Clark as well as three-point threat, Mikaelyn Austin. Though the task is daunting, Penn returns three starters and eight letterwinners, including five battle-tested seniors, second-team All-Ivy selection Jennifer Fleischer and Ivy League All-Rookie Team selection Joey Rhoads.

Dartmouth received nine of the 16 first-place votes and 114 overall votes to claim the top spot in the preseason poll. The top three positions are tightly grouped together with Harvard receiving 107 overall votes and four first-place votes, followed closely behind by Penn and Brown in the fourth position also with one first-place vote and 91 overall votes.

There is separation between the fourth and fifth positions as Yale was voted to finish fifth with 62 votes, followed by Columbia (41), Princeton (35) and Cornell (27).

Penn opens its season at The Palestra on Nov. 21, hosting Northeastern at 1 p.m. The Quakers will then travel to Boulder, Colo. for the 18th Annual Coors Classic over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26-27) where they will face tournament host Colorado and either Maryland or LSU, both 2004 NCAA Tournament invitees. The Red and Blue begin defense of their Ivy League title on Jan. 28, 2005 at Yale at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball
Ivy League Preseason Poll

1. Dartmouth (9), 114
2. Harvard (4), 107
3. Penn (2), 99
4. Brown (1), 91
5. Yale, 62
6. Columbia, 41
7. Princeton, 35
8. Cornell, 27

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications