PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Columbia shot 52.6 percent from the three, including 67 percent in the second half to defeat Brown 66-59 at Pizzitola Sports Center. The Lions improve to 6-17, 3-6 Ivy League, including consecutive League wins for the first time since 2011.
The Lions opened the game on a 7-0 run, but each team made alternating runs after every time out. The Lions led for most of the first period, until Brown went on a 5-2 run in the final four minutes of the half to take a 28-25 lead at the break.
Columbia opened the scoring in the second half on an old fashioned three-point play by Carolyn Gallagher, which tied the game at 28-28. Miwa Tachibana then scored three consecutive 3-pointers to start a 18-9 run over a span of seven minutes that put Columbia up 46-37 with 11:42 to play.
Taylor Ward got in on the scoring, hitting consecutive triples and a layup to extend the Lions' lead. Columbia led by as many as 12 with five minutes to play, capped by a four-point play by Tachibana. Brown got hot from behind the arc with KJ Veldman hitting eight straight points to cut the lead to five with 4:10 on the clock.
The Lions turned over the ball and the Bears got a layup on the ensuing play to cut the lead to three, 57-54, with three minutes remaining.
From that point on, the Lions executed their game plan, coming up with two huge offensive rebounds in the final 90 seconds to limit Brown's offensive chances.
Sara Mead subbed in for Ward, and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final minutes to ice the game for the Lions.
The Lions shot just 38.9 percent from the floor, but a better than 50 percent from the three. Tachibana finished with a career-high 20 points, Gallagher totaled 15 points and five rebounds, while Ward had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in the win.
Lauren Clarke and Veldman each had 11 points to lead the Bears.
The Lions return to action tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Yale.