NEW YORK -- The Columbia women's basketball team is set for its fair pair of Ivy League road contests as the Lions take on Yale on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. contest at Brown on Saturday, March 2.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia held a five-point lead midway through the first half against Penn Saturday night but the Quakers had four players score in double figures to hand the Lions a 66-48 loss at the Palestra. Columbia was led by Taylor Ward's 13 points and five rebounds. The junior knocked down a trio of three-pointers for the sixth time this season. Alyssa Baron led the way for Penn with a 21-point, nine-rebound performance. Also scoring in double figures was Kara Bonenberger with 13 points, and Kathleen Roche and Keiera Ray, who contributed 12 points apiece.Both teams went deep in the first half, as Columbia knocked down five three-pointers and Penn hit six. However the Lions were held 0-of-7 from beyond the arc in the second frame while Penn added another three to go 9-of-21 for 42.9 percent on the night. The Quakers got off to an early 5-0 lead but Columbia kept pace and took over 11-10 thanks to Ward's second three-pointer of the night at the 14:37 mark. Ward followed up with a seamless layup and a huge defensive rebound to keep Columbia ahead as the Lions embarked on an 11-2 run to take a five-point advantage, 17-12, with 12:01 to go. Back-to-back three-pointers by Baron regained the Quakers' lead, but Ward knocked down her third shot from downtown in as many attempts to keep the Lions ahead, 18-20. Penn evened things out as Ray converted one of two attempts from the charity stripe, but Columbia first-year Bailey Ott nailed a three-ball to snatch the lead back. A back-and-forth battle ensued over the next several minutes as the score was tied twice more before Roche hit one from beyond the arc to give Penn the lead for good.
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STEALER SIMMONS & THE LIONS
Brittany Simmons grabbed a career-high eight steals against Cornell on Jan. 19, and currently ranks third in the Ivy League with 2.0 steals per game. As a team, the Lions also stand in second place in the conference, averaging 9.3 steals.
Tyler Simpson is averaging 9.9 points per contest this season, good for 14th in the Ivy League. The senior has reached double figures in 12 of the Lions' contests, scoring a season-high 22 points vs. Iona on Dec. 7.
Miwa Tachibana exploded at Cal State Fullerton with a 12 point game that included a trio of three-pointers, and she's been hot behind the arc ever since. The sophomore recently set a career high of 16 points and seven field goals made in Columbia's win over Brown on Feb. 15. She is currently shooting 34.3 percent from deep, good for 10th in the conference.
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 27.8 percent (20-of-67) from beyond the arc, 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 6.1 rebounds per game and 15 blocks to date this season. The junior currently ranks sixth in the conference in rebounds, including fourth in offensive rebounds (2.3 per game), and seventh in defensive rebounds (3.7 per contest). Largely thanks to recording a career-high four blocks earlier this season at Vermont, Bradford checks in 10th in the Ivy League, averaging just under one block per game (0.7).