Ivy League Basketball Media Day Central
PHILADELPHIA - With the announcement of the Ivy League Preseason media poll on Tuesday, the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh in league play this season. The media poll features two media members from each of the eight Ivy League institutions.
Penn received 36 votes, finishing ahead of Brown (19). Dartmouth, the defending Ivy League champions, was picked to finish first with 11 of the 16 first-place votes and 123 points. They were followed by Harvard’s five first-place votes and 115 points.
Princeton was picked to finish third with 86 points, just in front of fourth-place Columbia (83). Cornell and Yale each received 57 points to finish in a tie for fifth.
Penn finished fourth in the Ivy League last season, going 6-8 in league play and winning six of their last 10 games. The 2009-10 Quakers are returning seven letterwinners and three starters. Led by three seniors in Sarah Bucar, Caitlin Slover and Amy Donovan, the Quakers are also returning to the team this season are junior forwards Caroline Nicholson and Jerin Smith and sophomore guard Sara Ely. In addition, Penn gets the services of sophomore forwards Jess Knapp and Jourdan Banks who each missed the entire 2008-09 campaign due to injury.
Penn opens the 2009-10 season on Sunday, Nov. 15 when they take the short trip to Drexel for a 1 p.m. tip. After a trip to Villanova on Nov. 18, Penn opens its home schedule on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. against Duquesne.
2009-10 Ivy League Women's Basketball Media Poll
1. Dartmouth (11) 123
2. Harvard (5) 115
3. Princeton 86
4. Columbia 83
5. Cornell 57
5. Yale 57
7. Penn 36
8. Brown 19