Women's Basketball Season Officially Underway

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PHILADELPHIA - Basketball season officially got underway for the defending Big 5 champions on Tuesday as the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team held its first practice of the 2015-16 campaign.

"This is a great feeling for all of us to be back together again," head coach Mike McLaughlin said. "We have a lot of work to do, and its not going to be easy, but this is a great group, and I know we are all excited for the journey that is ahead."

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 also added five freshmen in the Class of 2019, as well as a transfer from Northwestern, Alexis Glasgow. Though Glasgow is unable to play in 2015-16, last year's transfer from Monmouth, Kasey Chambers will be another addition to this season's lineup.

Duke is set to visit The Palestra in the season opener on Nov. 13.

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Basketball season is now officially underway. Practice #⃣1⃣ https://t.co/mj5RblU62q pic.twitter.com/ZeQab5eLN4

— PennWBB (@PennWBB) October 6, 2015

Practice #⃣1⃣❗️

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