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LIONS RETURN HOME TO TAKE ON IONA
Columbia women's basketball returns home after wrapping up a four-game road swing to host Iona at Levien Gym on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
Senior Tyler Simpson had a season-high 16 points, but the Columbia women's basketball team came up short at Colgate Tuesday night, falling to the Raiders, 67-48.

Columbia (1-7) took an early lead and tied the score at 22-22 with 5:11 remaining in the first half. Colgate (3-5) outrebounded the Lions 47-33 and dished out 19 assists to Columbia's eight.

Taylor Ward and Courtney Bradford were Columbia's second leading scorers with seven points each. Defensively, Brittany Simmons grabbed a career-high six steals, while Bailey Ott led the Lions on the glass, pulling down seven boards on the night.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. IONA
Columbia and Iona will be meeting for just the second time Friday night. The Lions will look to even the series with the Gaels after dropping a 79-54 decision back in the 1993-94 season.

SCOUTING THE GAELS
The Gaels most recently dropped a 77-71 overtime decision to Bryant Wednesday evening at the Hynes Athletic Center. Reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week Joy Adams picked up her second double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points and down 16 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass.  Aaliyah Robinson scored a career high 13 points and pulled down four rebounds for the Gaels.  Iona shot just 31.6% from the field, including 28.9% from behind the arc. Overall, the Gaels are led by Damika Martinez, averaging 15.8 points per game, while Adams holds a team-best 9.5 rebounds per game and is the team’s second leading scorer with 11.8 ppg.

(N)OTT JUST A ROOKIE
Columbia first-year Bailey Ott was selected as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on November 19. Ott stepped it up in a big way to help lift Columbia to its first win of the season against Fairleigh Dickinson. The 5-11 forward/center scored a game-high 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field while grabbing eight rebounds in the 54-47 victory. Earlier that week, Ott finished one point and one rebound shy of her first career double-double as she recorded nine points and nine boards in the loss to Wagner.

BRADFORD BLOCK PARTY
Courtney Bradford already has 11 blocks this season, including a career-high four blocks at Vermont. She currently checks in with 1.4 blocks per game, good for third in the Ivy League.

STEALER SIMMONS
Brittany Simmons grabbed a career-high six steals against Colgate on Dec. 4, and currently leads the Ivy League with 2.6 steals per game. As a team, the Lions rank second in the conference, averaging 10.3 steals this season.

ON THE AIR
All home women’s basketball contests can be seen and heard live via webcast on gocolumbialions.com. In tonight’s contest vs. Iona, play-by-play announcer Lance Medow will be calling all the action, joined by Margaret McKeon for color analysis.

Medow, who has done work for MLB.com, Giants.com, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and MTV Networks, is in his seventh season as the play-by-play personality for Columbia women’s basketball games. McKeon enters into her first year on the air with the Lions after previously serving as the head women’s basketball coach from 2007-2012 at the New Jersey Insititute of Technology.


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