NEW YORK - Columbia
women's basketball led by as many as seven in the second half but dropped a
61-47 decision to Wagner Wednesday night at Levien Gym.
Columbia (0-3) dropped
its third straight match of the season as Wager (1-1) earned its first victory.
Simmons led the Lions with 11 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals, while Courtney Bradford scored 10 points along with six boards and two blocks. A pair of first-years stepped it up in a big way, as Bailey Ott pulled down nine boards and posted nine points, while Sara Mead recorded nine points, a team-high four assists and three steals.
Columbia got off to a
rough start but hit some timely three-pointers to stay in the game. With Wagner
leading by as much as 15-8 at the 10-minute mark, the Lions rallied with a 10-0
run that was topped off with back-to-back three-pointers by Simmons and Ott to
make Columbia within three points.
With just over 30
seconds to go in the half, Wagner was ahead 27-24, but the Lions ran it back
for a two and-one by Tyler Simpson to even the score and followed up with two
more free throws by Mead to give the Lions a 29-27 halftime
Sophomore Caitlyn Unsworth
opened the second half with another three-pointer for the Lions en route to a 7-2
run that put Columbia ahead, 36-30. The Seahawks responded with 11 unanswered
points to take a 41-36 advantage with 14:10 on the clock.
Mead knocked down her
second from deep and Simmons followed with a jumper to tie things up, 41-41,
with just over 12 minutes remaining. But Stephanie Blais had a fast break in
the paint for the Seahawks that pushed Wagner into the lead for good.
The Lions will look to
bounce back on Sunday, November 18 for a 2 p.m. tipoff with Morgan State in