PURCHASE TICKETS TO UPCOMING GAMES
COLUMBIA (4-16, 1-5) AT HARVARD (15-5, 5-1)
FRIDAY, FEB. 14 - 7 P.M.
LAVIETES PAVILION - BOSTON
COLUMBIA AT DARTMOUTH (3-17, 0-6)
SATURDAY, FEB. 15 - 7 P.M.
HANOVER, N.H. - LEEDE ARENA
Columbia will look to get back in the win column and snap its current five-game losing skid, taking on Harvard and Dartmouth on the road. Columbia hung with Princeton through the first half Friday night, but a strong second half from the Tigers led to a 70-41 victory for the visitor. The following night, the Columbia and Penn battled in an exciting contest on Play 4Kay night at Levien Gym, but the Quakers held off a late charge by the Lions for the 70-63 decision.
Following its first Ancient Eight loss this season on the road at Penn on Feb. 1, Harvard bounced back with wins over Brown and Yale last weekend. The Crimson easily dispatched of Brown, downing the Bears, 91-71, but Saturday’s affair against the Bulldgos was much closer. Junior Erin McDonnell recorded her first career double-double, leading Harvard to a 58-57 topping of Yale. The game was tied 55-55 in the final minute, but Melissa Mullins converted a baseline jumper to put Harvard up for good.
BIG GREEN’S STATUS
Dartmouth finds itself winless through the first six games of Ivy League competition, and just 1-7 since the turn of the New Year. The Big Green’s lone victory of 2014 came on the road during a visit to NJIT, taking down the Highlanders, 48-45. First-year Fanni Szabo has been a bright spot for Dartmouth, earning Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors three times, including last week after averaging 14.5 points against Yale and Brown.
BREAKING THE CENTURY MARK
On Feb. 1 at home against Brown, senior forward Courtney Bradford played in her 100th game for Columbia. Along the way, she has started 87 games, including all 20 this season. Bradford’s most recent game, and 102nd of her career, culminated with a career-best 24 points and nine made field goals on just 13 attempts earning her a spot on the weekly Ivy League Honor Roll. Classmate Taylor Ward will likely join Bradford in the 100-games played club, as she is just three away from that mark.
PLAY 4KAY NIGHT
Columbia held its annual Play 4Kay night in front of 758 rowdy fans on Saturday, Feb. 8. The night proved to be a great success as the Lions raised over $4,000 to donate to the Play 4Kay Fund.
Senior Taylor Ward has been a workhorse for the Lions all season, averaging a conference-best 36.5 minutes per game overall and has logged 37.4 minutes against the Ancient Eight. A lower body injury that forced her to miss the Yale game on Jan. 31 has done little to slow her down, having played 39 minutes the next night against Brown, as well as 40 and 37 minutes versus Princeton and Penn, respectively, the next weekend.
First-year Carolyn Gallagher has had a natural progression of playing time as she has adapted to the collegaite level. The local product from Archbishop Molloy has started the last three games for the Lions, playing her best game to date on Feb. 8 against Penn, tallying 10 points and six boards in 32 minutes.