PRINCETON, N.J. - With basketball season right around the corner, the Ivy League has released it’s 2013-14 pre-season poll that was conducted by various media outlets within the eight institutions and one national media member. First-year head coach Belle Koclanes will have to prepare her team well enough to battle into post-season contention from her fifth place selection in the poll.
"We are looking forward to the Ivy League season and excited to be given a 'High Five' in the pre-season poll,” Koclanes said. “As of right now, our immediate focus is to continue to raise our level of play from practice-to-practice as we prepare for competition. We talk often about the importance of bringing a competitive mind-set to the court and gaining confidence as we improve our skill sets both individually and collectively. This level of commitment is the only way to climb a 'poll'."
Defending champion Princeton was tabbed to repeat once again, gaining 13 first-place votes. Harvard and Penn also garnered top ranking tallies, coming in second and third, respectively. Yale was chosen fourth, followed by the Big Green and Cornell in sixth. The bottom of the league has Brown seventh and Columbia eighth.
The Big Green returns 13 players from last season’s squad, but will have to replace the 11.0 points per game they lost in graduation from leading scorer Faziah Steen. College Sports Madness All-Ivy Second-Team selection Nicola Zimmer will be asked to lead the team this season, after averaging 8.9 PPG and a team-high 42 assists. Defensively, Koclanes needs to find a dominating post presence and will look for junior center Tia Dawson to step up on the glass.
Koclanes’ tenure begins on November 8, when the Big Green meet Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. at 7 p.m.
|2013-14 IVY LEAGUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MEDIA PRESEASON POLL
|Predicted Order of Finish
First-place votes in parentheses