NEW YORK -- Junior Tyler Simpson had a career and game-high 21 points and senior Melissa Shafer added 13 points, but the Columbia women's basketball team came up short against Dartmouth Friday, falling to the Big Green, 59-44.
The Lions (2-16, 0-4 Ivy League) trailed by just three points, 26-23, at the half following a strong run just before the break. Dartmouth (3-15, 1-3 Ivy League) out-rebounded Columbia, 52-36.
Three turnovers in the first four minutes of the game proved to be costly for the Lions, allowing Dartmouth to pull ahead, 13-2 early on, with a layup by Arianne Hunter at 14:54. Though Columbia regained its footing, the Big Green’s lead was in place, and the Lions were forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the half. Shafer hit a jumper with a minute left in the half to bring the Lions within striking distance, and senior Jazmin Fuller hit a three-pointer at the 20 second mark, to close Dartmouth’s lead to 24-23. With one second left on the clock, Dartmouth’s Faziah Steen hit a jumper to widen the lead back to three, and Columbia trailed 26-23 at the half.
The Lions kept it close at the start of the second half, as Simpson converted a traditional three-point play to close Dartmouth’s lead to 30-29 at 15:22. Just 20 seconds later, she was fouled again and tied the score at 30 with her first free throw.
Shafer hit a three pointer at 14:34 to give Columbia its first lead of the game, 33-32, but it would only last for a minute. First-year Tia Dawson hit a jumper at 13:53 to reclaim the lead for the Big Green, and Dartmouth never looked back.
Sparked by Dawson’s jumper, Dartmouth went on a 7-0 run, leading 41-33 with ten minutes left on the clock. Another 8-2 Big Green run in the final two minutes cemented the win in Dartmouth’s favor, 59-44. Dawson had a career high 15 points in win.
Up next for the Lions is a matchup in Levien Gymnasium against Harvard, Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m.
Dartmouth scored 22 points off of Columbia’s 12 turnovers … Columbia had 14 steals of Dartmouth’s 18 turnovers … Simpson scored 16 of the team’s 21 second-half points, including going 11-for-14 from the free throw line … Lions shot 20% from the field, the lowest total of the season thus far … 12 turnovers was the lowest so far for the Lions this season … Simpson had career highs in points (21), FTM (11), FTA (14) and tied her career-high in blocks (2); she also had five rebounds and two steals … Courtney Bradford led the Lions on the boards with seven rebounds … Dartmouth outscored Columbia in the paint, 30-14.