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Women's Basketball Takes on Harvard, Dartmouth in Final Home Weekend

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 03/07/2013
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NEW YORK - The Columbia women's basketball team will play its final two home games at Levien Gymnasium this weekend. The Lions will host Harvard on Friday, March 8 before facing Dartmouth on Saturday, March 9. Tip-off for both contests are set for 7 p.m.

Prior to the start of the Dartmouth game, Columbia will honor seniors Taylor Ball, Agata Jankova, Diana Lee, Brittany Simmons and Tyler Simpsonm as they take the hardwood for the last time in Levien Gym.

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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 9.4 steals.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DIVA
Tyler Simpson is averaging 10.2 points per contest this season, good for 13th in the Ivy League. The senior has reached double figures in 14 of the Lions' contests, including a career high-tying 26 points in Columbia's recent victory at Brown.

MIWA(NT) MORE
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. In conference-only games, Tachibana is shooting 36.7 percent from deep, ranking sixth in the Ivy League. She also ranks fourth in the league with 1.6 three-pointers per contest. To top it off, the sophomore checks in 12th in Ivy League-only games with a 40.7 percentage from the field (37-of-91).

THE NOTEBOOK
Write it down; Sara Mead is one Lion you won’t want to forget. The first-year 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 29.9 percent (20-of-67) from beyond the arc, and has knocked down a trio of three-pointers on three occasions so far this season. She also leads the Lions with an 80.6 (29-of-36) free-throw percentage.

BREAKING BRADFORD

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).

 

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