The Red faces fierce competition in its conference this season.

Women’s Basketball Begins 2016-17 Campaign in Competitive Ivy League

Projected to record its highest finish in the Ivy League since 2008, the Cornell women’s basketball team will tip-off its season opener against non-conference opponent New Hampshire this weekend. Head coach Dayna Smith, beginning her 15th season with the Red, recruited the largest freshman class in recent history, in an attempt to channel young energy to a team that is built on strong transitions and running the ball. The team is coming off 14-14 season, finishing fifth in the Ivy League. The team retained a strong contingency its squad, with four of last season’s starters returning this year. Senior Nia Marshall, who led the Ivy League in scoring with 16.6 points per game, is expected to remain a vital component of the Red offense.

Benson Readies for New Season

This story was originally published online on August 4.

For most Cornell students, a European tour epitomizes the ideal summer getaway. For senior point guard Lauren Benson, it’s just another day at the office. Point guard training camps have become a sort of habit for the second-year captain, who once again devoted a significant portion of her vacation to readying for the upcoming season. This time, however, Benson’s preseason preparation took her across the Atlantic to Austria, the Czech Republic and Italy, with USA Athletes International –– an organization that provides amateur athletes with the opportunity to compete on an international stage.