Eager to tip off its 2006-07 campaign, the women’s basketball team will welcome McGill (6-4) to Newman Arena tomorrow night for an exhibition showdown that will mark the Red’s first official action of the season.
“It is so nice to get the chance to play someone new,” said senior guard Claire Perry. “We’ve been practicing against each other for so long now, it is just so exciting to get on the court against someone else.”
Cornell has ample reason to be excited to get this season underway after returning all of its top-5 scorers from a year ago. Picked to finish last in the Ivy League by some preseason polls last season, the Red turned heads by showing signs of vast potential en route to a competitive 5-9 conference mark.
One of the main factors behind the team’s potential was the arrival of Jeomi Maduka on campus. Now a sophomore, Maduka will try to add to her resume of accolades this season after earning All-Ivy second-team and Ivy Rookie of the Year honors a year ago. She finished the season having established herself as force in the frontcourt, leading the Red with averages of 14.8 point