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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Women's Basketball Downed by Princeton

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/02/2013
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NEW YORK – The Princeton women’s basketball team used hot second-half shooting and capitalized on second chance opportunities to take a 87-41 victory over Columbia Saturday night in Levien Gymnasium.

With the loss, Columbia fell to 2-16 overall and 0-4 in Ivy League action. Princeton (12-5, 3-0) notched its 27th consecutive Ivy League win behind five players in double figures, led by Niveen Rasheed's double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Miwa Tachibana and Tyler Simpson led all Columbia players with 10 points apiece.

The first half was a battle with strong defense, at the Lions held the Tigers to 36.1 percent (13-of-26) shooting from the floor, while Columbia was held to 35 percent (7-of-20).

The Lions hung tough with the Tigers early on, trailing by only four points at the 4:20 mark in the first half. But Princeton surged ahead using an 11-0 run that included a trio of three-pointers by Blake Dietrick to make it a 15-point game at the half.

The Tigers stayed hot in the fresh frame, storming out with five unanswered points to outscore the Lions 26-2 over a six-minute span and pull away for good. 

Overall, Princeton outbounded Columbia 56-20 and scored 27 points off second chance opportunities while the Lions were unable to capitalize on second tries.

Columbia will hit the road for a pair of Ivy League games next weekend. The Lions will first take on Dartmouth at 7 p.m. on Friday and will conclude with a 7 p.m. Saturday contest against Harvard.

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