For the second straight season, the Princeton women will be the team to beat.
When the Ivy League women’s basketball preseason poll was released on Wednesday, not much looked different from the end of last season. Penn women’s basketball took second with 107 points and two first-place votes, and the Tigers unanimously captured first place with 133 points and 14 of the 17 first-place votes. The remaining first-place vote went to Harvard, sitting just behind the Red and Blue with 104 overall points.
Yale took fourth with 89 points, and Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Cornell rounded out the rest of the Ancient Eight.
Penn edged Princeton in last year’s poll 129-120, but Princeton bested Penn all three times the two sides met last year, including a 63-34 demolition at the Palestra in the final of the Ivy League tournament. Led by last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year and junior forward Bella Alarie, the Tigers will be looking to book a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.
The Quakers have a star of their own in Eleah Parker, last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Her strong performance will be essential if the Red and Blue plan to topple the Tigers.
This Saturday’s Red and Blue Scrimmage will be the first action the Quakers will see all year, giving their fans a preview of the coming year. The team kicks off the season at Siena on Nov. 10 and opens Ivy play on Jan. 5 at favorite Princeton.
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