Focusing on high energy play and team defense, the Red looks to get the 2015-16 season started in the right direction. The Cornell women’s basketball team hits the road this weekend to open up its season with a pair of games against Hartford (0-0, 0-0 America East) and Bryant (0-0, 0-0 NEC). On Friday evening, Cornell will face a similar situation to the first contest of the 2014-2015 season. Last year, the Red fell to the Hartford Hawks on opening night by only a margin of two points. “This team remembers the game last year,” said head coach Dayna Smith.
Height is not something one can learn. While drinking milk and eating vegetables may contribute, there is little anyone can do to affect his or her height, especially after a certain age.
In basketball, size is a skill. In the same way shooting and dribbling are skills, size is hugely important. Shaquille O’Neal was no more coordinated or athletic than most of his fellow NBA players, but he dominated the sport for several years because he was more coordinated and athletic than the few players who could match his size.
The media have spoken — the league office released the 2008-09 preseason poll results Tuesday morning. Garnering 128 points off of 16 first-place votes, the men’s basketball team is the unanimous choice to win the Ivy League title for the second year in a row.
Perennial title contender Penn is the Red’s closest competition, with 110 points putting the Quakers in second place at the end of the season. Rounding out the men’s basketball media predictions are Yale, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Princeton.
The younger members of the men’s basketball team wasted no time making an impact, as two sophomores led the White team to a 61-50 victory in the annual Red/White intrasquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon in Newman Arena.