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Sophomore Amara Mbionwu
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Women's Basketball Set for Tuesday Tilt With St. Francis

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 12/10/2012
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LIONS SET FOR TUESDAY TILT WITH SAINT FRANCIS
Columbia women's basketball remains home to host Saint Francis (N.Y.) at Levien Gym on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
Senior Tyler Simpson scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed five rebounds as Columbia was edged by Iona in the final minutes 67-63 Friday night. The Lions hit nine three-pointers on the night and scored a season-high 63 total points, but it was Damika Martinez of Iona who posted a team-high 34 points and seven rebounds to hand the Lions the loss.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.)
Columbia holds an 11-6 all-time record against St. Francis (N.Y.) dating back to 1985, including a 3-1 run in the last four matchups. The Lions beat the Terriers in 2008 (78-54), 2009 (68-56) and 2010 (75-65). Last season, Columbia held the lead with just over three minutes remaining in the game, but could not maintain the momentum, succumbing to the Terriers in the final seconds, 48-44.

SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
The Terriers enter tonight's contest riding a five-game losing skid. Most recently, St. Francis dropped a 66-62 overtime decision to Yale on Saturday afternoon despite scoring the tying basket with twenty-seven seconds left in regulation. Similar to Columbia's leading scorer, Tyler Simpson, Sarah Benedetti leads the Terries averaging 11 points per game. Not far behind Benedetti is Ellidh Simpson with 10.2 ppg. On the boards, Jaymee Veney is pulling down a team-best 7.3 per contest.

(N)OTT JUST A ROOKIE
Columbia first-year Bailey Ott was selected as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on November 19. Ott stepped it up in a big way to help lift Columbia to its first win of the season against Fairleigh Dickinson. The 5-11 forward/center scored a game-high 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field while grabbing eight rebounds in the 54-47 victory. Earlier that week, Ott finished one point and one rebound shy of her first career double-double as she recorded nine points and nine boards in the loss to Wagner.

BRADFORD BLOCK PARTY
Courtney Bradford already has 11 blocks this season, including a career-high four blocks at Vermont. She currently checks in with 1.2 blocks per game, good for fourth in the Ivy League.

STEALER SIMMONS
Brittany Simmons grabbed a career-high six steals against Colgate on Dec. 4, and currently leads the Ivy League with 2.6 steals per game. As a team, the Lions rank second in the conference, averaging 10.2 steals this season.

ON THE AIR
All home women's basketball contests can be seen and heard live via webcast on gocolumbialions.com. In tonight's contest nm, play-by-play announcer Lance Medow will be calling all the action, joined by Margaret McKeon for color analysis. Medow, who has done work for MLB.com, Giants.com, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and MTV Networks, is in his seventh season as the play-by-play personality for Columbia women's basketball games. McKeon enters into her first year on the air with the Lions after previously serving as the head women's basketball coach from 2007-2012 at the New Jersey Insititute of Technology.

 

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