PRINCETON, N.J. – After finishing in the top three of the Ivy League standings for the 12th consecutive season a year ago, the Harvard women's basketball team was picked to finish third in the Ivy League preseason media poll, the conference announced today, Oct. 17. The Crimson concluded its 2017-18 campaign in third place with an 18-11 overall record and 10-4 mark in Ancient Eight play.
Harvard earned 104 votes in the preseason poll, narrowly trailing Penn who was picked second with 107 and Princeton who received 133 votes in first. The Crimson picked up a first-place vote, while the Quakers tallied two and the Tigers garnered 14. Yale rounds out the top four teams predicted to make the third-annual Ivy League tournament, followed by Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia and Cornell.
The Crimson is primed for the 2018-19 season, as it returns four of its top five leading scores from last season, including senior co-captains Madeline Raster and Sydney Skinner. Raster and Skinner are joined by 12 returning letterwinners, among them are All-Ivy League selections Katie Benzan and Jeannie Boehm.
Making its 14th postseason appearance a year ago, the most of any Ivy League team, the Crimson advanced to the first round of the WNIT. Harvard's first round appearance marked its eighth time being selected to the WNIT in program history, also the most among Ivy League schools. The Crimson is set to open its 2018-19 slate on the road at Notre Dame and Purdue, Nov. 9-11.
2018-19 IVY LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Princeton (14) 133
2. Penn (2) 107
3. Harvard (1) 104
4. Yale 89
5. Brown 66
6. Dartmouth 55
7. Columbia 30
8. Cornell 28