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Courtney Bradford
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Women's Basketball Hosts Stony Brook in Final Non-Conference Game Sunday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 01/04/2014
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COLUMBIA VS. STONY BROOK
SUNDAY, JAN. 5 - 2 P.M.
LEVIEN GYM - NEW YORK

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ABOUT THE MATCHUP
The Lions take on their final out-of-conference opponent to begin the new calendar year, hosting the Stony Brook Seawolves at Levien Gym on Jan. 5. Columbia and Stony Brook will be meeting for the first time since the Lions defeated the Seawolves, 69-60, on Feb. 27, 2001. It will be the ninth meeting in a series that is tied at 4-4.

COLUMBIA’S STATUS
After winning consecutive games against Kennesaw State and Lehigh, the Lions fell to Bryant at home on Dec. 30. Columbia held a 29-28 advantage at the half against the Bulldogs, but a hot-shooting second half pushed Bryant to a 68-47 victory. Taylor Ward led the Lions with 14 points, while Amara Mbionwu grabbed 12 boards.

STONY BROOK’S STATUS
The Seawolves had their four-game win streak snapped on New Year’s Eve with an 80-65 loss at Seton Hall. Sabre Proctor paces the Stony Brook offense with 14.8 ppg, while also pulling down 6.7 rebounds. 

COLUMBIA VS. THE AMERICA EAST
The Lions are 11-22 all-time against teams currently in the America East Conference. Sunday’s meeting against Stony Brook will be the only meeting with an America East squad this year.

ROOKIE RECOGNITION
FIrst-year Carolyn Binder was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time on Dec. 30. Binder scored a team-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooiting with three treys to lead the Lions to an 87-80 win against Lehigh. She also earned the award on Nov. 18 after her 23-point performance at Lafayatte on Nov. 15. Binder hit four 3-pointers, went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe and collected five boards against the Leopards. 

ECLIPSING 80
The Lions topped the 80-point threshold for second time this season in their 87-80 victory over Lehigh. Prior to this season, Columbia last topped 80 on Nov. 27 2010 scoring 87 at San Diego, falling to the Toreros, 91-87.

DOUBLE FIGURES
For the first time this season, the Lions had six players score in double figures in its win over Lehigh on Dec. 28. Sara Mead and Carolyn Binder led the way with 16, while Miwa Tachibana (15), Tori Oliver (11), Amara Mbionwu (10) and Taylor Ward (10) all scored at least 10 points.
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