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Miwa Tachibana leads the Lions' offense with 10.1 ppg.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike Kowalsky

Women's Basketball Commences Ivy League Play Against Cornell Saturday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 01/16/2014
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COLUMBIA VS. CORNELL
PRESENTED BY EMPIRE OFFICE

SATURDAY, JAN. 18 - 4:30 P.M.
LEVIEN GYM - NEW YORK

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ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Saturday’s contest represents the 56th time that in-state rivals Columbia and Cornell will meet since the 1985-86 season, the year prior to the Lions joining the NCAA Division I. Recent history has fallen in favor of the Big Red, as Cornell has won the last five meetings against Columbia.

COLUMBIA’S STATUS
The Lions captured victories in their first two games of the holiday break, taking down Kennesaw State, 78-61, and Lehigh, 87-80, but have since dropped contests to Bryant and Stony Brook. Columbia and Stony Brook met at Levien Gym on Jan. 5, with the Seawolves overcoming a two-point halftime deficit to eclipse Columbia, 57-54.

CORNELL’S STATUS
The Big Red is riding a three-game win streak into Saturday’s Ivy League opener. Cornell has already defeated Vermont, Morgan State and Howard since Jan. 2, with the average margin of victory coming in at 21.3 points. Allyson DiMagno and Nia Marshall have paced the Big Red offense with 13.6 and 12.0 ppg, respectively.

COLUMBIA IN IVY LEAGUE OPENERS
Since beginning competition in its first NCAA Division I and Ivy League season in 1986-87, Columbia is 8-19 in conference-openers. When the Lions have kicked-off Ancient Eight play inside Levien Gym, they are 3-10. Columbia last won its first game of Ivy League play on Jan. 15, 2010, when it downed Cornell, 61-54, in front of the Lion-faithful in Levien.

GET THAT OUT OF HERE
The Lions swatted away a season-high six shots against Stony Brook on Jan. 5. Courtney Bradford accounted for a personal season-best three of those, while first-year Carolyn Binder, Carolyn Gallagher and Tori Oliver each had one. The rejections were the first of Binder and Gallagher’s careers.

DOUBLING DOWN
With 11 points and 11 rebounds, Courtney Bradford recorded the Lions first double-double of the 2013-14 season against Stony Brook on Jan. 5. Bradford last reached double figures in two categories against Cornell in last season’s double overtime thriller, posting 12 points and 11 boards.

SPREADING THE WEALTH
Columbia is the only team in the Ancient Eight with four players in the top-20 of scoring average. Miwa Tachibana (10.1), Taylor Ward (10.0), Carolyn Binder (10.0) and Tori Oliver (9.6), separated by just 0.5 ppg are all among the best scorers in the Ivy League.
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