PRINCETON, N.J. -- Senior Lauren Dwyer became just the ninth player in Columbia women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career and finished with a team-best 12 points, but the Lions shot just 23.0 percent from the floor in a 57-35 loss to Princeton at Jadwin Gymnasium on Friday evening.
Dwyer knocked down a short jumper midway through the second half to register her 1,000th point, and tied Charlene Schuessler '90BC for eighth on the Columbia all-time scoring list (1,002). Classmate Kathleen Barry also had 12 points for Columbia, 11 of which came after halftime.
Both teams struggled offensively at the start, as the score stood at 6-6 following a layup by Dwyer at the 11:57 mark. The Tigers proceeded to go on a 10-0 run to take control with 7:25 remaining in the opening stanza.
The Princeton lead would increase to 13 points on a layup by Devona Allgood, but the Lions would score the final four points of the half to go into the locker room at halftime trailing by single digits, 20-11, despite converting on just four of their 32 attempts from the field.
Dwyer was the lone Columbia player to find the bottom of the net from the floor in the opening period, scoring eight points and pulling down seven rebounds.
An offensive rebound by first-year Courtney Bradford on Columbia's opening possession of the second half led to a wide-open jump shot for senior Kathleen Barry from the left wing. Barry swished the 15-footer to pull the Lions to within seven less than a minute into the second half.
But Princeton would find its rhythm on the offensive end in the second period, shooting 53.8 percent (14-26) en route to victory. Senior Krystal Hill came off the bench to spark the Tigers with 12 points, including seven after halftime. Sophomore point guard Lauren Polansky was a pest at the defensive end, pilfering six steals and helping to force the Lions into 13 turnovers for the game.
The Lions will look to get back to their winning ways on Saturday, Feb. 12 as they travel to Philadelphia to take on Penn at the Palestra.
NOTES: Dwyer pulled down a team-best nine rebounds in 33 minutes of action, and is just two shy of the 500-rebound mark...Only five other Columbia players (Kathy Gilbert, Shawnee Pickney, Ula Lysniak, Ellen Bossert, Kristina Tyer) have eclipsed the 1,000-point, 500-rebound marks for a career...Sophomore Agata Jankova knocked down a free throw to record the first collegiate point of her career in her first game in a Columbia uniform...First-year Blaine Frohlich had some quality minutes down the stretch, notching four points on a pair of offensive putbacks...After leading the battle of the boards in the first half, 27-25, the Tigers held the edge over the final 20 minutes, 20-12...Columbia did a solid job on Princeton's top two perimeter threats, holding Lauren Edwards and Addie Micir to just 10 combined points on 3-13 shooting.