Bulldogs Tabbed Fourth in Ivy League Preseason Poll

Janna Graf. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Janna Graf. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — With an experienced group of 11 letterwinners returning, the Yale women's basketball team was picked fourth in the  Ivy League Preseason Poll it was announced on Thursday. After winning six of its final eight games last season, expectations are high for the Bulldogs heading into the 2013-14 season.

Three starters return from a Yale squad that finished fourth in Ivy League play last season with an 8-6 mark and went 13-15 overall. Among the returnees are Sarah Halejian, an All-Ivy League First Team honoree,  and Janna Graf, who earned Honorable Mention honors a season ago. The Bulldogs also add a group of four talented freshmen who will look to help the team contend for the Ivy League crown.

"Our added depth will make such a difference this year," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball.  "We are further along this year than we were last year at this point and that should really help us come Ivy League play."

In a vote by the league media and women's basketball sports information directors, Princeton was tabbed the preseason favorite, collecting 13 first-place votes and 130 points. The Tigers will be chasing a League-record fifth-straight championship.

Harvard was picked second in the poll. The Crimson, which finished last season in second place, collected three first-place votes and 120 points.

Penn nabbed the final first-place vote in the poll and was picked third with 98 points, seven more than Yale.

"There is so much more parity in the league than there has been in a while," added Gobrecht.

Dartmouth was picked fifth with 55 points, followed by Cornell (52 points), Brown (45) and Columbia (21).

The Bulldogs open the 2013-14 campaign Nov. 9 at Monmouth at 2 p.m.