NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Three players scored in double figures to lift Yale women's basketball to a 66-49 victory over Columbia Friday night at Lee Amphitheater.
Tyler Simpson led the Lions (3-21, 1-9) with 12 points on the night, while Amara Mbionwu pulled down a season and game-high 10 rebounds.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to over .500 in Ivy League action (11-14, 6-5). Yale's Janna Graf led all players with 19 points, while Megan Vasquez and Sarah Halejian added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
It was a close fight early on with the score tied on four occasions.
With the game knotted 17-all at the 7:57 mark, Yale drained back-to-back three-pointers to spark a 9-1 run and pull away, 26-19. The Bulldog's increased their lead to as much as nine until Simpson hit a halftime buzzer beater to send the Lions into the locker room trailing 33-26.
Miwa Tachibana made it a four-point game by sinking one from beyond the arc under a minute into the second frame, but Yale scored the next 11 consecutive points to expand its lead. The Lions battled back with a 6-0 run thanks to crucial defensive rebounds to make it 42-35 with 12:28 remaining, but the Bulldogs embarked on another run and increased their advantage into double digits throughout the rest of the game.
Columbia will look for an Ivy League sweep over Brown tomorrow night in a 6 p.m. contest at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Lions defeated the Bears by a 62-51 score earlier this season on Feb. 15 in Levien Gymnasium.