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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Columbia Drops Home Opener To San Francisco

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 11/10/2013
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NEW YORK - After the first home game of the season, the Columbia women's basketball team drops to 1-1 following an 83-69 loss to San Francisco on Sunday afternoon. The Lions were led by Miwa Tachibana with 13 points, including a pair from downtown. Courtney Bradford battled inside for 11 points and added five rebounds on the day. The Dons saw four players in double figures and used 0.581 shooting percentage in the second half to pull out the win.

The first ten minutes of the game saw Columbia and USF trade baskets with the visitor maintaining a one-point lead, 12-11. The Lions spread the offense around early with four different scorers accounting for the first 11 points. Tachibana led the way for Columbia, tallying five points, including her first trey of the contest. Conversely, the Dons rode the hot hand of Rachel Howard, as she accounted for eight of USF’s 12 points.

Columbia was able to build its largest lead of the half over the next five minutes, going on a 13-6 run that put it up 24-18. Bradford sparked the run with her second basket of the game and then classmate Taylor Ward and Carolyn Binder connected from 3-point range.

The Dons responded with a run of their own though, outscoring the Lions 19-10 over the final 4:54 to take a 37-34 lead into halftime. Both teams recorded 10 made field goals in the opening 20 minutes, but the Lions needed two fewer attempts.

The game remained tightly contested to begin the second half, but both squads were forced to adjust to an increased number of foul calls. USF maintained the lead throughout the half, but not without Columbia challenging each time down the floor. Amara Mbionwu and Tori Oliver recorded back-to-back layups with just over 14 minutes remaining to get the Lions with two, 50-48, but it would be the closest they would get.

Columbia was efficient at the free throw line, as Ward and Sara Mead each knocked down a pair to keep Columbia within striking distance at five points down, but USF was able to put the game away in the final four minutes with a 10-5 run.

Howard led all scorers with 18 points, while Taj Winston added 17 and five rebounds for USF. Bradford also joined Tachibana in double figures with 11, while also grabbing five boards. A total of nine players scored for the Lions Sunday.

Columbia heads back out on the road Friday, Nov. 15 for an 8 p.m. game at Lafayette. Live audio of the game will be available at ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/Columbia.  

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