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Matchups Against Colgate and Iona Highlight Weekend for Women's Basketball

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 12/06/2013
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COLUMIBA (1-7) VS. COLGATE (2-5)
SATURDAY, DEC. 7 - 4 P.M.
NEW YORK - LEVIEN GYM

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LIONS’ STATUS
Columbia is in the midst of a seven-game losing stretch heading into Saturday’s matchup against Colgate at Levien Gym. A strong second half from St. Francis College Wednesday night in Brooklyn Heights pushed the Terriers past Columbia, 73-47. St. Francis shot a blistering 64.3 percent from the field in the second half, including six treys, leading to a 22-3 run in the second period to cruise to the win. Carolyn Binder went over 20 points for the third time this year, scoring 24 for the Lions.

RAIDERS’ STATUS
Colgate snapped a three-game losing skid with a 65-60 downing of Drexel at home Wednesday evening. In their only home game of the month of December, the Raiders  were able to fight back after losing the lead with five minutes left to play to take down the Dragons at Cotterell Court. Lauryn Kobiela recorded a game-high 23 points against Drexel, just one game after scoring 27 against Harvard. Carole Harris chipped in 10 points and completed the double-double with a career-high 11 boards.

TOYS FOR TOTS
Columbia Athletics has partnered again this year with Toys for Tots to collect toys and donations for children at the St. Francis Youth Center in the South Bronx. Columbia Student-athletes will be collecting toys and donations at Saturday’s women’s game vs. Colgate and Monday’s men’s game vs. UMass-Lowell to donate to St. Francis.

A LOOK BACK - COLUMBIA VS. COLGATE - DEC. 4, 2012
After not playing for over a decade, the Lions and Raiders met for the seventh time in program history last December on Cotterell Court with Colgate taking a 67-48 victory. The Lions and Raiders were tied at 22-22 with five minutes remaining in the first half, but a 13-4 Colgate run put them ahead 37-25 at the half, a deficit the Lions would not be able to overcome. Colgate was led by sophomore Missy Repoli who tallied a game-high 19, while Tyler Simpson dropped in 16 for Columbia.

COLUMBIA VS. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Colgate will be the second team from the Patriot League that the Lions will face this season, after falling on the road to Lafayette back on Nov. 15. Columbia stands at 15-37 all-time against teams from the Patriot League, with their only winning record being its 4-3 mark against the Raiders.

COLUMIBA AT IONA (5-2)
MONDAY, DEC. 9 - 7 P.M.
NEW YORK - LEVIEN GYM

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GAELS’ STATUS
Iona has won its last four games, most recently taking down Sacred Heart on the road on Dec. 3. The Gaels were on fire from dowtown against the Pioneers, hitting of 10-of-14 from beyond the arc, while shooting 61.7 percent from the field. Damika Martinez tallied 33 points against Sacred Heart and is averaging a MAAC-leading 24.2 ppg. The Gaels have two of the top-five scorers in the MAAC, as Joy Adams ranks fourth with a 16.7 average.

A LOOK BACK - IONA VS. COLUMBIA - DEC. 7, 2012
Damika Martinez racked up 34 points, including Iona’s final 12 points, at Levien Gymnasium to lead the Gaels past Columbia, 67-63, last year. The Lions opened the second half with a 7-2 run that gave them a 33-32 advantage, and extended it to as many as eight points in the second half. Martinez gave the Gaels the lead back with three minutes left with a trey, 60-59, as Iona remained ahead for the remainder of the contest.

COLUMBIA VS. THE MAAC
The Lions have only faced five times currently from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and are 10-19 historically. Iona has come away with wins in both of the meetings against Columbia. The Lions most wins against a team in the MAAC is six against Marist.

TOPPING 20
First-year Carolyn Binder continues to be a bright spot on the offensive end of the floor for Columbia. On Wednesday night at St. Francis, Binder tallied a game-high 24 points to top the 20-point plateau for the third time in her rookie campaign.

THE 500 CLUB 2.0
Senior Courtney Bradford is just one rebound shy of becoming the 11th women’s basketball player to record 500 rebounds in a career. Bradford is 13 boards away from entering the top-10, as former Lion Katie Day Benvenuto pulled down 512 in her career from 1999-03.
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