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PINK GAME NIGHT
Columbia women's basketball team will host its annual breast cancer fundraiser Saturday evening against Yale at 7 p.m. The Lions have participated in PINK GAME NIGHT since the 2007-2008 season and raised $21,484 for breast cancer research.
For this special Ivy League women' basketball contest, half of all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center for breast cancer research. Donations will also be collected at the game. Fairway Market will match all donations given at the Levien Gymnasium entrances.
The first 300 fans will receive a Columbia PINK t-shirt commemorating this special night.
NEMO POSTPONES GAME VS. HARVARD
Due to the inclement weather conditions caused by Snowstorm Nemo last weekend, Columbia's game vs. Harvard originally slated for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. is postponed to a date and time yet to be determined. Please visit gocolumbialions.com for further information and updates regarding the rescheduled game.
LAST TIME OUT
The Lions outlasted Snowstorm Nemo's inclement conditions but were unable to overcome the Big Green last Saturday as Dartmouth came out on top, 62-52, at Leede Arena. Columbia knocked down seven shots from beyond the arc, including a trio of three-pointers by Taylor Ward, and nearly made a second half comeback, but it was Abbey Schmitt of Dartmouth who led all players with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Dartmouth shot a blistering 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the field in the first half, and stayed strong throughout to finish with 52.2 percent (24-of-46). The Lions went 18-of-59 on 30.5 percent shooting on the night, led by Ward and Courtney Bradford, who scored nine points apiece. Bradford fell just shy of a double-double as the junior also grabbed nine boards, matching an additional team-high tying nine rebounds from Amara Mbionwu. Hot-shooting in the first half lifted Dartmouth to a 33-20 halftime lead, but Columbia got a strong defensive effort and chipped away offensively to cut its deficit to four with 3:25 remaining in the game. Trailing 53-42 at the 6:18 mark, the Lions rallied with a 9-2 run that included four free-throws by Brittany Simmons and ended with a three-pointer by Miwa Tachibana to make it a 55-51 game.
Columbia battled to the final seconds in an attempt to complete the comeback but ultimately came up short. Overall, the Lions outrebounded the Big Green, grabbing 37 boards to Dartmouth's 34. Each team grabbed nine steals on the night.
NEW TWITTER HANDLE
Columbia fans can now follow the women's basketball team's new Twitter account, @CULionsWBB. In addition, be sure to follow the main Columbia Athletics Twitter handle, @GoColumbiaLions, and use the hashtag #RoarLionRoar
STEALER SIMMONS & THE LIONS
Brittany Simmons grabbed a career-high eight steals against Cornell on Jan. 19, and currently ranks second in the Ivy League with 2.4 steals per game. As a team, the Lions also stand in second place in the conference, averaging 9.7 steals.
Tyler Simpson is averaging 10.3 points per contest this season, good for 13th in the Ivy League. The senior has reached double figures in 11 of the Lions' contests, scoring a season-high 22 points vs. Iona on Dec. 7.
Write it down; Sara Mead is one Lion you won't want to forget. The first-year has slowly but surely moved her way into the starting five for the Lions, and she's been a force ever since. Hot from deep, Mead is averaging 31.7 percent (20-of-63) from beyond the arc to rank her 12th in the conference, and has knocked down a trio of three-pointers on three occasions so far this season.
Courtney Bradford has been a monster on defense, leading the Lions with 6.2 rebounds per game and 15 blocks to date this season. The junior currently ranks fifth in the conference in rebounds and offensive rebounds (2.3 per game), and seventh in defensive rebounds (3.8 per contest). Largely thanks to recording a career-high four blocks earlier this season at Vermont, Bradford checks in eighth in the Ivy League, averaging just under one block per game (0.8).