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Senior Taylor Ward and the Lions open up 2013-14 at LIU Brooklyn Friday
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Women's Basketball Visits LIU Brooklyn, Hosts San Francisco to Open Season

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GAMES NOTES

COLUMBIA (0-0) at LIU BROOKLYN  (0-0)
FRIDAY, NOV. 8 • 7 P.M.
STEINBERG WELLNESS CENTER • BROOKLYN, N.Y.

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GAME NOTES

ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Columbia and LIU Brooklyn will be meeting for the 14th time in the series history Friday evening. The Lions hold a 8-5 advantage in the series, but the Blackbirds have been victorious in four of the last five matchups.

LIONS’ STATUS
Columbia enters a new era of women’s basketball with Stephanie Glance at the helm of the program as the sixth head coach in program history. Glance, who comes to Columbia with 25 years of collegiate coaching experience, takes over a Lions’ team that went 5-23 overall and 3-11 in Ivy League play last season. Seniors Taylor Ward and Courtney Bradford along with sophomore Sara Mead,will serve as the leadership unit this season.

BLACKBIRDS’ STATUS
LIU Brooklyn is coming off a 7-22 performance in 2012-13, with a 4-14 showing in Northeast Conference play. Gail Striegler enters her sixth season as the Blackbirds head coach and her 2013-14 roster features seven juniors and seniors. That group will look to fill the void left by Tamika Guz and Krystal Wells, the Blackbirds’ top scorers from last season, who graduated last spring.

A LOOK BACK - LIU BROOKLYN VS. COLUMBIA - NOV. 9, 2012
In the 2012-13 season-opener at Levien Gym, Columbia rushed out to a 25-19 lead in the opening half, but LIU was able to put together a second half comeback to defeat the Lions, 53-42.
Tyler Simpson led Columbia in scoring with 12 points, while Courtney Bradford pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. LIU senior Krystal Wells led all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including making 5-of-6 from downtown.

COLUMBIA (0-0) vs. SAN FRANCISCO  (0-0)
SUNDAY, NOV. 10 • 2 P.M.
LEVIEN GYM • NEW YORK

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ABOUT THE MATCHUP
The Lions and Dons have met three times since 1990-91 with San Francisco winning each contest. The most recent game between the two schools occured on Dec. 30, 2006 at the Bank of Hawai'i Tournament, where the Dons took down the Lions, 63-51.

DONS’ STATUS
San Francisco concluded the 2012-13 campaign with an overall record of 12-19, while going 4-12 in West Coast Conference action. The Dons will have two games under their belt entering Sunday’s matchup after defeating Cal State Chico, 82-67, in an exhibition and visiting Fordham in its season-opener on Friday, Nov. 8. Gaurds Zhane Dikes and Taj Winston each made eight field goals in the Dons’ exhibition victory.

A LOOK BACK - SAN FRANCISCO VS. COLUMBIA - DEC. 30, 2006
Columbia and San Francisco traveled out to The Aloha State over the holiday break in 2006 to compete in the Bank of Hawai’i Invitational in Honolulu. The Dons held a 34-20 halftime lead, but Columbia put together a strong second half to trim the deficit to just five points. 
Unfortunately, San Francisco closed the game on a 10-3 run to defeat the Lions, 63-51. 
Megan Griffiith hit five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points for Columbia in the contest.

NEW ERA
Stephanie Glance was named the sixth head coach in Columbia women’s basketball history on April 1, 2013. Glance comes to Columbia with over 25 years of collegiate coaching experience and most recently was the head coach at Illionois State where she led the Red Birds to three consecutive NIT appearances. 

2013-14 ROSTER
Columbia welcomes back 10 letterwinners from last season and brings in five newcomers for the 2013-14 campaign. 

TAKE THE LEAD
Seniors Courtney Bradford and Taylor Ward, along with sophomore Sara Mead will comprise the leadership unit for the Lions this season. The trio will be looked on to provide leadership, both on and off the court, for Columbia.

NATIONWIDE IS ON YOUR SIDE
The 15 players on this season’s roster represent 10 states, including: Arizona (1), California (3), Georgia (1), Iowa (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (1), New York (2), Oregon (2), Tennessee (1) and Virginia (2).

GIVE ME THAT
Columbia finished last season ranked second in the Ivy League in steals, averaging 9.3 per game. Sara Mead and Taylor Ward combined for 57 steals in the back court for the Lions.

HITTING THE BOARDS
Senior Courtney Bradford finished 2012-13 among the conference leaders in rebounds per game. The Alpharetta, Ga. native pulled down 5.9 boards per contest, the sixth best total in the Ancient Eight.

SWAT CITY
Junior Lizzy Stachon finished last season with the sixth highest blocks per game average in the Ivy League, swatting away 0.8 per contest.

FROM DOWNTOWN
Miwa Tachibana was among the Ivy League leaders in 3-point percentage in 2012-13. The junior finished the season ranked 11th in the conference with a .326 connection rate, hitting 31 shots from deep.
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