By Matt Noonan
The Princeton University women’s basketball team was picked to win the Ivy League crown this winter – the Tigers garnered 12 first-place votes on today’s poll, which was released yesterday morning.
The University of Pennsylvania secured the second position with three first-place votes followed by Columbia University (third) and Yale University (fourth).
Harvard University, which secured one first-place vote, checked in fifth while Cornell University, Dartmouth College, and Brown University rounded out the poll, checking in the sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.
The 16 votes for the Ancient Eight women’s basketball preseason poll are produced by the league’s “media contingent.”
Princeton concluded its 2019-20 campaign with a 26-1 record under first-year coach Carla Berube, who welcomes back some key pieces from that squad, including Julia Cunningham, who averaged 8.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.
Abby Meyers is also back after earning Ivy League Tournament Team honors in 2018 while averaging 6.3 points and 2.7 rebounds during the 2019-20 season.
Princeton will tip-off its 2021-22 season on Wednesday, November 10 when they visit Villanova University.
While Princeton will certainly be the team to watch this winter, one should certainly keep an eye on Columbia University as the Lions finished its 2019-20 season with a 17-10 record, including an 8-6 mark in Ancient Eight play. The 17 wins were the second most recorded by a Lions squad since the program began competing at the Division I level during the 1986-87 school year.
Columbia will be led by Sienna Durr and Abbey Hsu, who averaged 14.3 and 12.8 points, respectively, during the 2019-20 season.
Like the Tigers, the Lions will commence their campaign the same week, but on Tuesday, November 9 against Hampton University.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, the league’s top four teams will advance to the Ivy League Tournament, which will be held at Harvard University from March 11-13.