NEW HAVEN, CONN. - The Columbia women's basketball had a strong first half in John J. Amphitheater, leading by as many as 12 points, but couldn't stop Yale's second half run, losing to the Bulldogs, 73-59.
Yale junior Megan Vasquez had a career-high 28 points, including an 8-2 run of her own in the second half tohelp give the Bulldogs the win. Sophomore Courtney Bradford had a double-double for the Lions, notching 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Tyler Simpson also had a double-double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Melissa Shafer and junior Agata Jankova added eight points apiece in the loss.
The start of the game was a quick one, as both teams pushed the ball down the court, trading baskets back and forth. Bradford gave Columbia its first lead of day at the 17:30 mark, pulling down an offensive rebound and putting up the jumper to make it 4-2. Yale then went on a run, taking an 11-7 lead on the Lions. But Columbia staged a rally, going on a 12-2 run over six minutes. The run was capped by two free throws from Taylor Ward at 9:20, to give Columbia the 19-13 lead.
Yale continued to struggle with shooting in the first half of the game, and Columbia, shooting 56% from the field in the first 15 minutes, used jumpers from Jazmin Fuller and Agata Jankovato widen the lead to 12, as the Lions led 29-17 with 3:37 left in the half.
But the last two minutes of the stanza saw the Bulldogs go on a 9-2 run, and Yale closed Columbia’s lead to 32-29 at the half.
The Lions continued to hold the edge in the start of the second half, though both teams looked sluggish coming out of the break. Columbia continued to hold the lead until a layup by Allie Messimer gave Yale the advantage, 46-45 at 10:35. It was Yale’s first lead in nearly 24 minutes of play, but it was the only one the Bulldogs would need, as they would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.
Vasquez sparked a run of her own at the 8:33 mark in the second half. With Yale leading 51-46, Vasquez drained a jumper and two three pointers in the span of a minute to go on an 8-2 hot streak, and put the Bulldogs up by 11, 59-48 at 7:41. The Bulldogs continued to increase the lead in the last minutes of the game, eventually winning by a score of 73-59.
With the loss, the Lions finish the first half of the Ivy League season 2-19, 0-7 in Ivy League play.
Junior Tyler Simpson scored in double figures for the sixth straight game, her eighth in the last nine games … junior Agata Jankova set a new career high with eight points … the Lions out-rebounded Yale, 38-36, the fourth time this year Columbia has outrebounded an opponent.