NEW YORK - Columbia women's basketball got its first win of the season behind a 20-point shooting performance by first-year Bailey Ott Sunday afternoon, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson 54-47 in Levien Gym.
The Lions (1-3) held the Knights (0-4) winless on the season and snapped a three-game losing streak to FDU dating back to 2005-06.
A pair of Columbia first-years stepped it up in a big way to help lift the Lions to victory. Ott converted 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from the field to go with a team-high eight rebounds, while Sara Mead recorded 10 points, seven boards, two assists and a steal.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle, as the score was tied on seven occasions. Neither team led by more than two until the Lions scored four unanswered points to take a 21-17 advantage with under a minute to go. FDU's Amanda Andrades hit a jumper with just five seconds on the clock to tighten the score, but Columbia held on to a slight halftime lead, 21-19.
The Knights opened the second half on a 9-0 tear to take over, 29-21. Simpson ended the Lions' drought with a jumper at the 15:34 mark, and Ott followed up with a fast break down the lane to bring the Lions within four, 29-25.
The teams traded the next nine baskets, but Columbia broke things up with a huge 15-2 run in under four minutes. Ott sparked the run with back-to-back baskets to bring the Lions within two, and Stachon nailed a jumper to tie it up, 40-all, with 5:44 to play.
Desiree Crawford made one in for the Knights to regain their lead, but Columbia stayed hot and responded with nine unanswered points, going ahead once and for all after Brittany Simmons dished it over to Mead to hit one from deep to make it 45-42.
Up next, the Lions kickoff a four-game road swing at Morgan State on Friday, November 23 in a 2 p.m. contest.