NEW YORK - The Columbia women's basketball team dropped a tough game to Princeton Friday night in Levien Gymnasium, falling to the Tigers 86-46. With the loss, the Lions are now 2-20 and 0-8 in Ivy League play, while Princeton improves to a perfect 8-0 in the Ancient Eight, 18-4 overall.
Junior Tyler Simpson led scoring for Columbia with 10 points. She was the only Lion in double-digits, while Princeton had four different players pass the 10-point mark. The Tigers out-rebounded the Lions, 52-27.
Columbia opened the scoring in the game when senior Melissa Shafer hit a jumper at the 19:25 mark, putting Columbia up, 2-0. A minute later, Lauren Edwards hit a three for Princeton, and the Tigers took the lead, 3-2. They did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game, and Princeton went on a 10-0 run over the next two minutes to widen the gap further. The Tigers went up by as much as 22 points in the first half, despite Columbia’s strong shooting. The Lions shot 42% from the field in the first half, including junior Agata Jankova, who was 3-for-5 with six points.
Costly turnovers proved to be the difference in the first half. Columbia turned the ball over 17 times in the first 20 minutes, with the Tigers scoring 27 points off those turnovers, taking a 45-23 lead at the break.
A flurry of scoring opened the second half for Columbia, as Melissa Shafer hit a jumper at 18:46, followed by two free throws from Simpson. At 17:31, senior Jazmin Fuller hit a jumper, and followed it up with a wide-open three pointer just 45 seconds later, closing the lead to 50-32. The 18-point differential was the closest Columbia would get in the remainder of the game.
First-year guard Blake Dietrick led Princeton in the second half, scoring 11 points in the final nine minutes of the game. Junior Niveen Rasheed had a complete game effort for the Tigers with ten points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Devonna Allgood and Lauren Edwards were also in double-digit points for Princeton.
Up next for Columbia is the WBCA Play 4Kay game against Penn in Levien Gymnasium, Saturday, February 18 at 7 p.m.
Simpson scored in double figures for the seventh straight game, her 10th time in the past 11 games … Jankova, Shafer and Nicole Santucci all had six points in the loss … Jankova also added a team-high five rebounds, while sophomore Courtney Bradford had five steals on defense … Princeton got 42 points from its bench, and 36 of its points off Columbia turnovers … Columbia notched 16 steals in the loss … nine different players had steals for the Lions Friday … Shafer is now two 3PA away from the all-time record, and still five 3PM away from the program mark.