UPDATE: Due to inclement weather conditions caused by Snowstorm Nemo, Columbia's games this weekend vs. Dartmouth and Harvard have been rescheduled. The Lions will now face Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. The game vs. Harvard has been postponed with the date/time TBD.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. DARTMOUTH
The Big Green hold an advantage all-time over the Lions, 41-11, but Columbia's won three of the last six, and will look to bounce back from a series sweep in 2011-12. Last season, Dartmouth topped the Lions 59-44 in Levien Gym before handing Columbia an 87-52 defeat in Hanover.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth enters the weekend series tied for second with Harvard with a 3-1 Ivy League mark. Currently riding a three-game winning streak, the Big Green lead the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 74.3 percent from the charity stripe. Faziah Steen leads Dartmouth with 12.1 points per game and an 84.3 field goal percentage herself, good for fourth in the league. Tia Dawson is pulling down 8.1 boards per game and averages 1.1 blocks to lead the things on the defensive side for the Big Green.
Harvard holds a signifigant 51-2 all-time record over Columbia. Last season, the Crimson topped the Lions 68-56 in Levien Gymnasium and 88-64 in Cambridge. The last win for Columbia came during the 2008-09 season when the Lions defeated Harvard 74-71 on the road.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard currently sits tied at second place with Dartmouth in the Ivy League standings, holding a 3-1 conference record with its lone loss coming coming at Dartmouth, 58-45, on Jan. 26. The Crimson comes into the weekend on a two-game winning steak following that loss with wins at Yale (67-54) and Brown (68-58) last weekend. Not only does Harvard lead the conference in field-goal percentage (.445), the Crimson also boast the leading scorer in the league in Christine Clark, who is averaging 16.7 points per game. Clark also is the top free throw shooter, checking in at 84.5 percent (60-of-71). Tabi Fagbenle leads the conference is field goal percentage (.539), while Emma Golen holds a league-best 2.3 three-pointers per game. Defensively, Fagbenle leads the Crimson with 7.2 rebounds per contest.
NEW TWITTER HANDLE
Columbia fans can now follow the women's basketball team's new twitter account, @CULionsWBB. In addition, be sure to follow Columbia Athletics' twitter handle, @GoColumbiaLions, and use the hashtag #RoarLionRoar
LAST TIME OUT
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 last Saturday 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.
STEALER SIMMONS & THE LIONS
Brittany Simmons grabbed a career-high eight steals against Cornell on Jan. 19, and currently leads the Ivy League with 2.4 steals per game. As a team, the Lions stand in second place in the conference, averaging 9.7 steals.
Tyler Simpson is averaging 10.4 points per contest this season, good for 13th in the Ivy League. The senior has reached double figures in 11 of the Lions' contests, scoring a season-high 22 points vs. Iona on Dec. 7.
Write it down; Sara Mead is one Lion you won't want to forget. The first-year has slowly but surely moved her way into the starting five for the Lions, and she's been a force ever since. Hot from deep, Mead is averaging 31.2 percent (18-of-58) from beyond the arc to rank her 14th in the conference, and has knocked down a trio of three-pointers on three occasions so far this season.
Courtney Bradford has been a monster on defense, leading the Lions with 6.0 rebounds per game and 15 blocks to date this season. The junior currently ranks sixth in the conference in rebounds, sixth in offensive rebounds (2.1 per game) and seventh in defensive rebounds (3.9 per contest). Largely thanks to recording a career-high four blocks earlier this season at Vermont, Bradford checks in seventh in the Ivy League, averaging just under one block per game (0.8).