WEST POINT, N.Y. - Three Columbia women's basketball players scored in double figures but it would not be enough to overcome Army on Wednesday night as the Lions dropped a 61-51 decision in nonleague action at Christl Arena.
Columbia (1-5), which had defeated the Black Knights 63-58 a season ago, dropped its second straight game as Army (6-1) extended its winning streak to five.
Taylor Ward and Tyler Simpson each had 11 points for the Lions, while Courtney Bradford pitched in 10. Simpson and Bradford also led the defensive end with seven rebounds apiece. Taylor Ball set the tone for the Lions with five assists to lead Columbia to a season-high 11 helpers.
After a scoreless opening two minutes, Army fired off four straight points to take the lead. Though Columbia never went ahead in the first half, the Lions stayed close behind with aggressive defense and timely shooting.
A 5-0 Columbia run that included a three-pointer by Lizzy Stachon cut Army's lead to 8-7 with 14:31 to play. The Lions kept pace with the Black Knights, closing out the half with two back-to-back baskets by Bradford to head to the locker room trailing Army, 28-25.
Columbia rattled off six unanswered points in the second half to take its first lead of the game, 31-28, holding Army scoreless for nearly the first five minutes of the half. Army used an 9-0 run to push ahead once again, 38-33, with 12:38 remaining.
Ward's second three-pointer of the night brought the Lions within two, 38-36 with 11:38 on the clock, but that would be as close as the Lions would come the rest of the night.
Columbia will look to recover in the second portion of its three game road swing against Bryant on Saturday, December 1 for a 1:00 p.m. tipoff.