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(L to R) Seniors Nicole Santucci, Taylor Ward and Courtney Bradford
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Women's Basketball Wraps Up Home Schedule with Dartmouth and Harvard on Senior Night

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/25/2014
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COLUMBIA (6-18, 3-7) VS. DARTMOUTH (4-20, 1-9)
FRIDAY, FEB. 28 - 7 P.M.
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COLUMBIA VS. HARVARD (17-7, 7-3)
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 - 7 P.M.
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LIONS’ STATUS
Columbia won its second straight game on Friday night, defeating the Brown Bears in Providence, 66-59. Miwa Tachibana and Carolyn Gallagher each went for career-highs against the Bears, netting 20 and 15 points, respectively. The next night at Yale, the duo outdid those totals with Tachibana tallying 22 points and Gallagher dropping in 16, but the Lions came up just short of downing the Bulldogs, 73-68. 

BIG GREEN’S STATUS
Dartmouth secured its first conference win of the season on Saturday night, edging past Penn at home, 53-50. The win, which snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Big Green, was led by 12 points from Lakin Roland and Fanni Szabo. The win is the second of 2014 for Dartmouth, having defeated NJIT back on Jan. 4. Szabo continues to lead the Big Green in scoring at 14.4 ppg, with Roland joining her in double figures at 11.2 ppg.

CRIMSON’S STATUS
Harvard lost back-to-back games for the first time since December, falling at home to Penn and Princeton. The Quakers, the only team to beat the Crimson during the first trip through the Ivy League slate, completed the season-sweep with a 63-50 win at Lavietes Pavilion. The Tigers came in the following night and knocked off Harvard, 69-64. 

SENIOR NIGHT
Prior to Saturday night’s game against the Crimson, the Lions will honor their three seniors, Nicole Santucci, Taylor Ward and Courtney Bradford in an on-court ceremony.

BACK-TO-BACK
Columbia won consecutive games for the second time this season, knocking off Dartmouth and Brown on Feb. 15 and 21, respectively, on the road. In December, the Lions took down Kennesaw State and Lehigh in successive games. The last time Columbia won consecutive games on two occasions in a single season was the 2010-11 campaign and the last time Columbia won two straight road games was January 2010.

TACHIBANA’S 20
Junior guard Miwa Tachibana eclipsed 20 points in consecutive games, beginning with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and a career-best five 3-pointers to lead Columbia over Brown on Feb. 21. The next night, Tachibana upped the ante with a new career-high 22 points against Yale, which earned her a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll. Tyler Simpson was the last Lion to record back-to-back 20 points games in the 2011-12 campaign, also against Yale and Brown, scoring 20 against the Bulldogs and 23 versus the Bears. The Los Angeles, Calif., native has reached double figures in 14-of-24 games this season and leads the Lions with 10.3 ppg.

LUCKY 7’S
First-year Carolyn Gallagher was on fire Feb. 22 at Yale, hitting all seven of her field goal attempts to finish with a career-high 16 points. The only other Lion to go perfect from the field (min. 5 attempts) was senior Courtney Bradford on Nov. 10, going 5-of-5 against San Francisco. Gallagher played all 40 minutes for the first time in her career against the Bulldogs. 
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