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Sara Mead
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Women's Basketball Travels to St. Francis Wednesday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 12/03/2013
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COLUMBIA VS. ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.)
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 - 7 P.M.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - THE POPE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CENTER

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ABOUT THE MATCHUP
The Lions and Terriers will face-off for the 19th time in series history in Brooklyn Wednesday night. Colmbia has won 12 of the meetings in the series, including four of the last five.

COLUMBIA’S STATUS
Wednesday’s trip to St. Francis is the final matchup in a four-game road swing for the Lions. Columbia traveled to Portland, Ore. over Thanksgiving to take on Portland and Portland State. Despite suffering two losses, the Lions saw impressive performances from Taylor Ward (14 points, seven rebounds) against Portland and Tori Oliver (18 points, nine rebounds) against Portland State.

ST. FRANCIS’ STATUS
The Terriers headed south for Thanksgiving, competing in the University of Miami tournament in Coral Gables, Fla. last Friday and Saturday. After falling to the host Hurricanes on opening night, 78-57, St. Francis bounced back to defeat Hartford, 56-49. Three Terriers reached double-figure scoring, led by Eilidh Simpson’s 15 points.

COLUMBIA VS. THE NEC
Columbia is 1-1 this year against teams from the Northeast Conference. The Lions downed LIU Brooklyn to begin the year, but fell to Fairleigh Dickinson. Overall, Columbia is an even 42-42 against teams currently in the NEC.

The 500 Club
Senior Taylor Ward eclipsed the 500-point mark for her career Friday at Portland when she scored a season-high 14 points in her home state of Oregon. She also snagged a career-high seven rebounds against the Pilots. The point mark is the second threshold that Ward has passed this season. In the season-opener at LIU Brooklyn, she recorded three streals to go over 100 for her career. She enters Wednesday’s game with 514 points and 109 steals.

The 500 Club 2.0
Senior Courtney Bradford is just seven rebounds shy of becoming the 11th women’s basketball player to record 500 rebounds in a career. Bradford is 19 boards away from entering the top-10, as former Lion Katie Day pulled down 512 in her career from 1999-03.

CONTRIBUTING EARLY
Tori Oliver has been among the most productive first-years in recent memory for Columbia. Oliver has scored in double figures in four of the last five contests, including a new career high at Portland State where she tallied 18 points and finished just one rebound shy of her first career double-double.

DISHING IT OUT
Taylor Ward is among the Ivy League’s best in assists and assists-to-turnover ratio. Through the first seven games, Ward is averaging 3.2 helpers per game and has a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio, both good for fourth in the conference. 

FREEBIES
First-year Carolyn Binder has continuously made teams pay for sending her to the free throw line this season. The Scarsdale, N.Y. native has connected on 24-of-26 attempts from the charity stripe for a 92.3 percent conversion rate, tops in the Ivy League. Binder’s last miss from 15 feet came at Lafayette on Nov. 15, she has since made 13 straight.

SCORING DOUBLE TIME
Junior Miwa Tachibana has scored in double figures in five of the Lions’ seven games, the most of any player. She is second on the team in scoring with an 11.7 ppg mark and has chipped in nine assists.
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