NEW YORK - The Columbia women's basketball team suffered a 61-41 home loss to Ivy League foe Penn, Saturday, February 18 in Levien Gymnasium. Junior Tyler Simpson led the Lions with 12 points, going 6-for-6 from the field, while senior Jazmin Fuller had a career-high nine points in 25 minutes of play.
Penn pulled out early on the Lions, going up 12-6 in the first seven minutes of the game. But a jumper by Simpson at the 12:54 mark sparked an 11-0 run that gave Columbia its biggest lead of the game, 17-12. The Quakers closed Columbia’s lead to 21-20, and then used a layup by sophomore Alyssa Baron to go on an 8-0 run of their own to end the half.
Penn took the 28-21 advantage into halftime, and continued to hit their shots coming out of the break. The Quakers went on a 13-0 run in the first five minutes of the second half, making the total run on the Lions 21-0, which proved to be all it would take to quiet Columbia’s efforts. Penn would lead by as much as 24 in the second half, and though Columbia continued to fight, the Lions never got closer than 19 over the last 15 minutes.
Senior Melissa Shafer drained a three with 1:17 left on the clock, one of seven three point attempts she made on the night. With those shots, Shafer set a new school record for three point shots attempted over the course of a career. Heading into tonight’s game, Shafer had 466 3PA, just one attempt behind Columbia’s Emily Roller, who played from 1995-99. Shafer now has 473 3PA in her career, and will be the all-time leader in the category when she graduates. She is also chasing the all-time program record in three pointers made, and is just three away from taking that top spot from Roller as well.
Up next for the Lions will be a weekend to celebrate the seniors, in the final home contests for Columbia in the 2011-12 season. The Lions will play host to Yale, Friday, February 24, and Brown, Saturday, February 25. Tip off for both is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Simpson shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, leading the Lions with 12 points … it is Simpson’s eighth straight game scoring in double figures … Baron was 10-for-13 from the field with 25 points for the Quakers … Columbia had only 12 turnovers, while forcing Penn into 17, including 10 steals for the Lions … Taylor Ball and Courtney Bradford had three steals each.