Women's Basketball Picked to Win Ivy League for Fourth Consecutive Season
Behind three consecutive Ivy League titles, the Princeton women's basketball team has been picked to win the Ivy League again in 2012-13.
The Tigers were not the unanimous choice to win the league championship for a fourth consecutive year, earning 13 of 17 first-place votes. Princeton finished with 132 votes, while Harvard again was tabbed second with 120 votes and four first-place nods.
Princeton is coming off a historic 2011-12 campaign, becoming the first Ivy women's program to earn a national ranking, as the team concluded the year ranked No. 24 by the AP. The Tigers went 24-5 on the year, completing their second perfect 14-0 Ivy slate in three years. The squad was also the only team in men's or women's NCAA Division I basketball to defeat all conference opponents by 10 points or more.
"As is always the case, it doesn't matter where you start in the poll, it matters where you end up," said sixth season head coach Courtney Banghart. "That said, I'm really proud of this Tiger program as we've worked tirelessly in the offseason and as a unit to continually earn the target on our back. This group has both pride and humility. We appreciate the respect, but we are driven by how far we still have to go to reach our lofty goals. It's one day at a time for this team."
The Tigers return three starters, including unanimous Ivy Player of the Year Niveen Rasheed and two-time Ivy Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Polansky. The squad welcomes five newcomers, while losing a pair of All-Ivy players in Devona Allgood and Lauren Edwards.
The Tigers hit the hardwood to open the year on Sunday, Nov. 11 at St. Joseph's in a 3 p.m. game.2012-13 Ivy League Women's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
Predicted order of finish (first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Votes
1 Princeton 132 (13)
2 Harvard 120 (4)
3 Yale 96
4 Penn 76
5 Brown 61
6 Cornell 58
7 Dartmouth 46
8 Columbia 23