Nov. 2, 2004
Princeton, NJ - The Brown women's basketball team was selected to finish fourth in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll released Tuesday. The Bears, who received one first place vote, collected 91 points overall. Dartmouth was selected first with nine of the 16 first place votes and 114 points overall. Harvard was picked second with four first place votes and 107 total points while defending champion Penn finished just ahead of Brown in third with two first place votes and 99 points overall.
At a distant fifth behind Brown was Yale with 62 points. Columbia, Princeton and Cornell rounded out the poll in sixth (41 points), seventh (35 points) and eighth (27 points) respectively.
After ending the 2003-04 campaign on a strong note, winning seven of its last eight games, Brown hopes to continue where it left off this coming season. Head Coach Jean Marie Burr's squad will also look to maintain its standing as the top defensive team in the Ivy League. The Bears finished in a tie for second in the league with a 9-5 record, including a 6-1 mark at home.
For the second year in a row, Brown boasted the number one defense in the Ivy League, holding opponents to just 63.0 points per game and 38.9% shooting last season. The Bears secured wins over all seven Ivy opponents for the first time since its 1992-93 NCAA Tournament appearance season as well.
Brown will open up the 2004-05 season on Friday, Nov. 19 at home against NCAA participant Temple.
Click here to read the Ivy League release on the 2004-05 Preseason Poll
IVY LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 2004-05 PRESEASON POLL
1-Dartmouth, 114 (9)
2-Harvard, 107 (4)
3-Penn, 99 (2)
4-Brown, 91 (1)