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Women's Basketball Returns Home for Non-Conference Finale vs. Lafayette

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 01/08/2013
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LAST TIME OUT
Coumbia will look to bounce back after dropping a 58-33 decision to Lehigh at Stabler Arena Monday afternoon in non-league action.The Lions had nine players score and senior Tyler Simpson led the way with a team-best 10 points in her seventh double-digit effort of the season. Lehigh had a trio of players reach double figures, including Katie O'Reilly who posted a game-high 15 points. Despite the loss, the Lions were hot from the line, shooting 80 percent on an 8-of-10 effort, compared to 75 percent (18-of-24) by the Mountain Hawks.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. LAFAYETTE
Columbia and Lafayette are a recent matchup, as the two teams first played each other just a season ago. The teams share an even 2-2 all-time record, but Lafayette holds the advantage of the most recent win. Despite Columbia leading for most of the first half, the Lions could not sustain the momentum, falling 53-45 to Lafayette in Easton, Pa. last year. The last time the the Leopards and Lions faced in Levien Gymnasium was during the 2010-11 season, when Lafayette edged Columbia 64-63 in a close game. Columbia and Lafayette have always played close games, as the widest score margin in the series history is just eight points.

SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
Lafayette will be playing its second Ivy League opponent in a row following a 56-32 win over Brown last Saturday. Jamie O’Hare scored a career-high 18 points in the victory. The 32 points allowed by the Leopards’ defense were the lowest scoring output for an opponent since Feb. 5, 1992, when the Leopards stifled Holy Cross in a 55-32 win.  Danielle Fiacco currently leads the way for the Leopards, averaging 11.4 points per game, with Emily Homan not far behind with 11.3. Fiacco and Homan are also the team’s top rebounders, checking in with 9.7 and 6.8 rebounds per game, respectively.

COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS
Senior Brittany Simmons earned College Sports Madness Ivy League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors after lifting the Lions to a 49-45 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn. Simmons tied her career best with a game-high 11 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 effort from the charity stripe.  The McIntosh, Ala. native also led the way with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in an all-around impressive performance.

ON THE AIR
All home women's basketball contests can be seen and heard live via webcast on gocolumbialions.com. In tonight's contest vs. Lafayette, 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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