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Sara Mead has started each of the first three games this season.
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Cal State Fullerton and Fairleigh Dickinson Ahead for Women's Basketball

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 11/20/2013
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COLUMBIA (1-2) vs. CAL STATE FULLERTON (0-2)
FRIDAY, NOV. 22 - 12 P.M.
LEVIEN GYM - NEW YORK

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ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Friday's contest at Levien Gym will be the first home game of the series for Columbia. The previous three meetings between the Lions and Cal State Fullerton took place in the Golden State. Columbia won the first two meetings of the series in 2000 and 2008, but the Titans knocked off the Lions last season on New Year's Eve.

NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION DAY
Over the past five years, the New York City Department of Education and Columbia Athletics have fostered a relationship that has brought over 7,000 students from local elementary and middle schools to Columbia women's basketball games. In 2008, a total of 1,632 fans came to see Columbia face Atlantic Coast Conference contender N.C. State. In 2009, a crowd of 1,754 saw the Lions battle toe-to-toe with eventual NCAA Tournament participant St. John's.  This year, close to 2,000 students are expected to attend the game, as Columbia will host Cal State Fullerton, Friday, Nov. 22 at 12 p.m.  Many of the students will participate in pre-game campus tours led by Columbia student-athletes.  Also, teachers will be honored at halftime for their service to educating our youngsters.

LIONS’ STATUS
Columbia suffered a tough road loss at Lafayette last Friday, falling to the Leopards, 95-83. The Lions kept the game within reach for the first 30 minutes of action, but a 16-3 run from Lafayette just after the 10 minute mark of the second half put the game out of reach. For the second time in three games, Carolyn Binder topped 20 points, tallying 23, while Miwa Tachibana recorded a career-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

TITANS’ STATUS
Cal State Fullerton opened the year with a pair of losses on its home court, going down at the hands of South Dakota, 66-57, and Fresno State, 68-57. A slew of 16 turnovers in the first half against Fresno State, led to the Titans trailing 33-22 at halftime, a deficit they were not able to overcome. Chante Miles made her first start of the season for Cal State Fullerton, tallying a team-best 16 points.The Titans will visit Albany Wednesday, Nov. 20 prior to Friday’s game at Levien Gym.

A LOOK BACK - COLUMBIA VS. CS FULLERTON - DEC. 31, 2012
Columbia closed out the 2012 calendar year with a 61-49 loss at Cal State Fullerton. Despite outscoring the Titans 31-19 in the second half, Columbia was unable to overcome the 22-point hole it had created at halftime. 
Miwa Tachibana set a then career-high 12 points, hitting on all three attempts from downtown and the charity stripe, to lead Columbia offensively. The Lions defense was also strong, forcing 23 turnovers, but the Titans hit on 42.9 percent of their attempts from the field.

COLUMBIA at FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (0-3)
SUNDAY, NOV. 24 - 2 P.M.
STRATIS ARENA INSIDE THE ROTHMAN CENTER - HACKENSACK, N.J.

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KNIGHTS’ STATUS
FDU finds itself winless after three contests early in the 2013-14 season. The Knights, who play five of their first six games at home, have dropped decisions to Manhattan (73-63), Army (75-51) and Siena (82-58) so far and will host Stony Brook on Thursday, Nov. 21 prior to Sunday’s game against Columbia. The last time out against Siena, Brianna Thomas narrowly missed a double-double, posting career-bests with 17 points and nine rebounds.

A LOOK BACK - FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON VS. COLUMBIA - NOV. 18, 2012
The Lions earned their first victory of the 2012-13 season, topping the Knights, 54-47, at Levien Gym. Columbia was forced to overcome a 29-21 deficit early in the second half, but with a career-high 20 points from Bailey Ott, Columbia was able to surmount the Knights for the victory. 
Sara Mead joined Ott in double-figures, scoring 10 points, while also matching Tyler Simpson with a team-best seven boards.

ROOKIE RECOGNITION
FIrst-year Carolyn Binder was named Ivy Laegue Rookie of the Week on Nov. 18 after her 23-point performance at Lafayatte on Nov. 15. Binder hit four 3-pointers, went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe and collected five boards against the Leopards. Her 19.7 ppg ranks her second in the Ancient Eight.

GOING LONG
Columbia continues to be among the most proficient 3-point teams in the Ivy League, ranking send with a .385 percentage from beyond the arc. Binder and Miwa Tachibana both rank in the top-five in 3-point field goal percentage, converting at .538 (10-of-19) and .526 (7-of-13) clips, respectively. Binder’s 10 made treys is tops in the conference.

ECLIPSING 80
The Lions topped the 80-point threshold for the first time since Nov. 27, 2010 when it posted 83 at Lafayette on Nov. 15. In 2010, Columbia scored 87 at San Diego, falling to the Toreros, 91-87.

DISHING IT OUT
Senior Taylor Ward handed out seven helpers at Lafayette on Nov. 15 to bring her per game average to 4.7 through the first three games of the season, ranking her second among the Ivy League.

CONTRIBUTING EARLY
Tori Oliver had a breakout game on the road at Lafayette on Nov. 15. The first-year, who has started all three games this season, tallied season-highs with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
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