Dec. 1 | Noon | Levien Gymnasium (2,700)
Saint Francis (1-4)
Saint Francis (Pa.)Columbia
Columbia (4-1)


The Lions return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as they welcome in Saint Francis (Pa.) for a mid-day matinee starting at Noon on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN). It will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.
For the eighth year, Columbia will be partnering up with the New York City Department of Education to invite 2,000 elementary school children from 14 surrounding New York City institutions to Tuesday’s game against Saint Francis (Pa.). Starting at 10 a.m., Columbia student-athletes will be giving pre-game tours of campus to some of the schools in attendance and at halftime, a teacher from each school in attendance will be recognized on the court. 

"I'm thrilled that after seven years Columbia University's Athletic Department continues to partner with the NYC Department of Education to sponsor Education Day at Columbia. We know that creating a college-going culture cannot start in high school. This opportunity allows teachers, principals, guidance counselors and assistant principals to bring their elementary school young people to one of the elite Universities in the country. For so many, this is the first time that they have stepped foot on a college campus and it gives them a profound sense that they can one day attend such a school. I look forward to this ongoing collaboration and partnership." - Paul Forbes, New York City Department of Education
The Lions have been sharing the ball well this year, picking up 72 assists on 130 field goals made this year with Tori Oliver and Emily Surloff leading the way with eight each. 
Devon Roeper came alive against Stony Brook on Nov. 23 as she recorded 23 points while picking up six boards in 25 minutes after shooting 10-of-16 from the floor. In her last two games, she is averaging 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 59.1 percent from the

Saint Francis (Pa.) heads into Tuesday afternoon’s matchup with a 1-4 record, earning its only victory with a 106-74 win over Coastal Carolina on Nov. 18. 

Tuesday’s game with Columbia marks the second-straight Ivy League contest for the Red Flash after falling to Cornell, 75-69, on Nov. 23 where Jessica Kovatch posted up 28 points for Saint Francis (Pa.).

The Red Flash have a dynamic rookie duo in freshmen Madison Johnson and Jessica Kovatch who have swept the NEC Freshman of the Week awards the last two weeks. Johnson picked up 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field against Cincinnati while Kovach is averaging 24.0 points per game after scoring at least 30 points against both Coastal Carolina and Canisius.

Saint Francis (Pa.) was picked to finish eight in the NEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll after a 6-23 record last season.

The Red Flash brings back only two starters from last season while welcoming six newcomers to the squad in 2015-16 with five freshmen and a graduate transfer.