ITHACA, N.Y. - The Columbia women's basketball team ended the 2012 season with a tough loss at Cornell Tuesday. The Big Red shot 48% from the field to down the Lions, 77-52 on Senior Night. A 17-0 Big Red run to start the second half proved to be the difference in the game.
The first 10 minutes of the game were a see-saw affair, with the two teams trading baskets back and forth. The score was tied five times in the first 10 minutes. Cornell began to pull away at the 9:45 mark with a layup by Clare Fitzpatrick that started a 10-2 run for the Big Red. Cornell’s widest lead of the first half came at the 5:30 mark when Allyson DiMagno made a free throw to put the Big Red up, 23-15.
Columbia then answered with a run of its own, sparked by a jumper from sophomore Courtney Bradford. The Lions would score 11 points to Cornell’s four, bringing the game to 27-26, Cornell at 2:06 left to play. Cornell scored five of the six final points of the half, going into the break with a 32-27 lead.
The Big Red came out of the break on fire. Cornell opened the half on a 17-0 run, as the Lions were held scoreless for seven and a half minutes. The Big Red’s widest lead of the run came with a jumper from Fitzpatrick, 49-27 at 13:07. Taylor Ward broke the Lions’ scoring drought with a three at 12:39, and Columbia would shoot 50% from behind the arc from then on, but it was not enough to hamper Cornell’s momentum. Cornell finished the game with a 10-4 run to take the win, 77-52.
Ward was 3-for-4 from behind the three point line in the second half, and led the Lions with 16 points and five steals overall. Tyler Simpson and Courtney Bradford both had 10 points and six rebounds in the loss, while senior Melissa Shafer scored nine points in her final game as a Lion.
With the loss, Columbia finishes the season 3-25 overall, 1-13 in the Ivy League.