NEW YORK -- The Columbia women's basketball team head north to take for a rematch with Harvard on Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 8 but was postponed due to the inclement weather conditions of Winter Storm Nemo.
ON THE AIR
All home women's basketball contests can be seen and heard live via webcast on gocolumbialions.com. In tonight's contest, play-by-play announcer Lance Medow will be calling all the action. Medow, who has done work for MLB.com, Giants.com, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and MTV Networks, is in his seventh season as the play-by-play personality for Columbia women's basketball games.
LAST TIME OUT
The five seniors of the Columbia women’s basketball team went out in style Saturday night at Levien Gymnasium as the Lions celebrated Senior Night with a convincing 48-39 Ivy League victory over Dartmouth. Columbia handed Dartmouth its eighth consecutive loss while finishing the home slate with a 4-9 mark. The Lions also snapped a three-game losing skid in to Dartmouth dating back to the 2010-11 season. Sophomore Miwa Tachibana stole the show as the only player to score in double figures on the night as she posted 15 points, including a career-high four three-pointers. Senior Brittany Simmons had a big night as well with seven points, seven rebounds, four steals and a career-best three blocks. Senior Tyler Simpson and junior Courtney Bradford contributed another seven points apiece, while Bradford led the Lions with a team-high nine rebounds. The Lions got off to a slow start while the Big Green jumped out to as much as an 11-point lead at the 6:04 mark in the first half. However Columbia rallied with an 11-0 run using timely shooting, strong rebounding and crucial steals to tie it up, 19-all with just under two minutes to go. Dartmouth regained some momentum to push back ahead, closing out the half with a 25-21 advantage. The Big Green went ahead by seven early in the fresh half, but Columbia chipped away at the deficit with another big rally, scoring 12 unanswered points while holding Dartmouth scoreless for over 10 minutes. Simmons went coast-to-coast to once again even the score, 31-31, Bradford slowly rolled in a layup to put the Lions back in the lead, and Tachibana added the exclamation points with a three-pointer to make it 36-31 midway through the frame. A final change of score put Dartmouth ahead with 3:15 to play, but Columbia stayed hot and finished off the victory, holding the Big Green to 18.8 percent (6-of-32) from the floor in the second half. Dartmouth went back ahead with two free throws, but Tachibana drained one from deep and followed with a block on the other end to get the stop. Simpson added another basket to make it 41-39 with just over two minutes remaining. Shortly after Simpson dished one to Bradford, who rattled it in as she drew a foul. Bradford made it an old-fashioned three-point play with under two minutes to go as Columbia took a 44-39 lead and led the rest of the way.
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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.
Tyler Simpson is averaging 10.4 points per contest this season, good for 15th in the Ivy League. The senior has reached double figures in 15 of the Lions’ contests, including a career high-tying 26 points in Columbia’s recent victory at Brown.
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 36.9 percent from deep, ranking fifth in the Ivy League. She also ranks third in the league with 1.8 three-pointers per contest.
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.
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).
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS
Senior Brittany Simmons earned College Sports Madness Ivy League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors after lifting the Lions to a 49-45 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn. Simmons tied her career best with a game-high 11 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 effort from the charity stripe. The McIntosh, Ala. native also led the way with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in an all-around impressive performance
(N)OTT JUST A ROOKIE
Columbia first-year Bailey Ott was selected as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on November 19. Ott stepped it up in a big way to help lift Columbia to its first win of the season against Fairleigh Dickinson. The 5-11 forward/center scored a game-high 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field while grabbing eight rebounds in the 54-47 victory. Earlier that week, Ott finished one point and one rebound shy of her first career double-double as she recorded nine points and nine boards in the loss to Wagner.