NEW HAVEN, CONN. - Columbia shot 51.0 percent from the field, and grabbed 29 defensive rebounds to Yale's 19, but the Bulldogs used the offensive glass to squeeze out a 73-68 win at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
In a game that had 13 ties and lead changes, neither team led by more than six at any point and Yale held the lead for most of the final 20 minutes.
With the score tied at 41-41 with 18 minutes remaining in the second half, Yale’s Whitney Wyckoff hit a three to give Yale a lead they would not relinquish, but Columbia kept the game tight, battling to a one-point deficit five times in the second period.
While Columbia held a 29-19 advantage on the defensive glass, Yale finished the game with 17 offensive rebounds to Columbia’s nine. The Bulldogs took 22 more shots than the Lions (71-49), but made just five more (30-25).
Columbia held the advantage on the free throw line, but Yale had 21 points off of turnovers. The Lions turned the ball over 17 times to Yale’s eight.
Miwa Tachibana had another career game, scoring 22 points, while Carolyn Gallagher finished with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Taylor Ward had 12 points and three assists in the loss.
Yale’s Sarah Halejan was the game-high scorer with 26 points and six assists.
Columbia fell to 6-18, 3-7 Ivy League, while Yale improved to 12-12, 6-4 Ivy League.
Columbia returns to action on Friday, February 28 when they host Dartmouth in Levien Gymnasium.