LIONS HIT THE ROAD ON THANKSGIVING TO FACE MORGAN STATE
Columbia women's basketball will look to roll at Morgan State on Friday as the Lions
travel to Baltimore for a 2 p.m. showdown at Hill Field House.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia 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 firstyears
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. Defensively, senior
Tyler Simpson had a career high-tying five steals and seven rebounds, and Lizzy
Stachon contributed three blocks and six rebounds.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. MORGAN STATE
The Lions have split their only two meetings with the Lady Bears, 1-1. The first time
the two teams faced off was 2005, in head coach Paul Nixon's second game on the
Columbia sideline. The Lions won, 85-79 in double overtime in the consolation game
of the UMBC Tournament. It was the first victory for Nixon in his Columbia head
coaching career. Last season, Columbia led for 19 of the first half's 20 minutes, and
junior Tyler Simpson notched a career-high 20 points, but the Lions couldn't hold off
Morgan State, falling 70-66.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
The Bears are currently 2-2, most recently defeating Stony Brook in a 66-63
overtime victory at the Hill Field House. Morgan State started off the season with
a 72-61 victory over Maryland Baltimore County, before dropping the next two to
Towson, 61-57, and George Mason, 65-54. The Bears are led by Bianca Jarrett,
who is averaging a team-best 20 points, while Moneshia David leads with 5.0
rebounds per game.
Once again, Columbia brings back two seniors who will be crucial to Columbia's
success in the 2012-13 season. Senior co-captains Brittany Simmons and Tyler
Simpson will lead the Lions into the year. Simpson earned Honorable Mention
All-Ivy recognition following a breakout junior season last year and led Columbia
in scoring, averaging 12.6 points per game, including a career-high 26 points
against Brown. Simmons bounced back from an injury in 2010-11 to see action in
18 games, during which she posted a season-high nine points against Vermont
in the season opener and again vs. Morgan State.
(N)OTT JUST A ROOKIE
Columbia first-year Bailey Ott was selected as the Ivy League Rookie of the
Week, as announced by the conference on Monday. 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 last 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.