Women's Basketball Selected Eighth in Preseason Media Poll

Ivy League Basketball Media Day Central

PHILADELPHIA - Prognosticators proved not to be too confident in the University of Pennsylvania women's basektball team. The Ivy League Preseason Media Poll was released on Tuesday and the Quakers were picked to finish eighth in league play this season. The preseason poll features a select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives.

Princeton, the defending Ivy League champions, was picked to finish first with 16 of the 17 first-place votes and 135 points. They were followed by Harvard, which received the other first-place vote and 115 points. Penn received 19 points in the poll. Dartmouth was picked to finish third with 96 points, followed by Yale (84), Columbia (73), Brown (50) and Cornell (39).

Last season, the Quakers were picked to finish seventh with 36 points. Penn, which had lost 74 percent of its scoring from 2008-09, went on to finish 1-13 in league play and 2-26 overall last season in head coach Mike McLaughlin's first season.

This season, the Quakers return six letterwinners, including three starters and have five incoming freshman on the roster from Coach McLaughlin's first recruiting class.

The 2010-11 campaign begins on Friday, Nov. 12 when the Quakers play host to Bryant at 7 p.m. Penn's first road game of the season is a week later on Nov. 19 when the Red and Blue will walk across Market Street to take on Drexel at 7 p.m.

First-Place Votes in Parentheses
1. Princeton (16), 135
2. Harvard (1), 115
3. Dartmouth, 96
4. Yale, 84
5. Columbia, 73
6. Brown, 50
7. Cornell, 39
8. Penn, 19