PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – With the regular season officially in the books, the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team ended the year with the highest RPI in program history at No. 26 in the nation. The Quakers stand as the highest ranked squad of any team in the Ivy League or Big 5.
RPI, which stands for Rating Percentage Index, is a measure of a team’s strength of schedule and how the team fares against that schedule.
Not only did the Quakers win a program-record 24 games and capture their second Ivy League title in the last three seasons, but they did so against some of the toughest competition in the country. Penn owns seven wins over teams that ended the season in the RPI top 100. The Quakers, who eclipsed a school-record with 11 non-conference victories, have triumphs over Colorado State (41), Drexel (No. 79), and Temple (No. 70)—as well as season sweeps of Princeton (No. 36) and Harvard (96).
The win over Colorado State in November still stands as the Rams’ only loss this season, as they have since rattled off 27-straight victories and hold a 31-1 overall record. CSU was ranked No. 22 in last week’s Associated Press Coaches’ Poll.
The Red and Blue will learn their NCAA Tournament draw tonight, as it will be announced live on ESPN’s Selection Special at 7 p.m. The Quakers will be hosting a “Watch Party” inside of The Palestra, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m.
Fans in attendance can earn Penn Rewards (500 Points!) and enjoy free pizza and soft drinks/water. There will also be picture-taking opportunities with the Ivy League trophy, Pop-A-Shot contests, and more as the University celebrates its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in three seasons.