PHILADELPHIA - For the third straight season, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball earned first-place votes in the Ivy League Media Preseason Poll. This season, the defending Big 5 champions were selected to finish second and earned another first-place vote on Wednesday.
Penn garnered 115 points and was well ahead of third-place Harvard (94 points) and fourth-place Yale (76). Princeton was selected to win the league title with 16 first-place votes and 135 points. Penn and Princeton have split the last two Ivy League championships. Rounding out the poll was Cornell (64), Dartmouth (60), Brown (42) and Columbia (26).
Last season, the Quakers and Tigers were tied atop the poll -- the only time the preseason poll has had a tie for first-place. The Quakers finished second and earned a spot in the WNIT. Two years ago, Penn was picked third and went on to win the Ivy title, where they earned the program's best seed (12) all-time and led fifth-seeded Texas in the second half duing the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Red and Blue have nine returning letterwinners and three returning starters from a team that claimed the program's first-ever Big 5 title last year, and reached the postseason for the third straight season (school record). The Quakers were 21-9 last year, including 11-3 in Ivy play, and reached the second round of the WNIT.
Penn hosts Duke in the season opener on Nov. 13. It will be the second game of doubleheader with the men, who tip off with Robert Morris at 5:30 p.m. The Penn-Duke women will tip at 8 p.m. Both games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
2015-16 IVY LEAGUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
First-Places Votes in Parentheses
1. Princeton (16) - 135
2. Penn (1) - 115
3. Harvard - 94
4. Yale - 76
5. Cornell - 64
6. Dartmouth - 60
7. Brown - 42
8. Columbia - 26