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COLUMBIA (1-4) VS. PORTLAND (3-2)
FRIDAY, NOV. 29 - 10 P.M.
CHILES CENTER - PORTLAND, ORE.
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Columbia will look to get back in the win column after dropping each of its last four games since beginning the season with a 62-59 victory at LIU Brooklyn. Carolyn Binder and Miwa Tachibana continue to pace the Lions’ offensive attack. In her first year, Binder has went over 20 points twice, while Tachibana has kicked in 12.8 ppg. Taylor Ward continues to serve as the distributor, handing out 19 assists so far this season.
Portland is coming off a 70-63 victory at home against Seattle on November 24. The Pilots are 2-0 this season at home, knocking off Eastern Washington in the season-opener, 68-65, on November 8. Four Pilots are averaging over 12 points game a game, with Cassandra leading the way with 17.4 ppg. Friday’s game against Columbia is the second in a four-game homestand for Portland.
This weekend’s games at Portland and Portland State mark not only the first two matchups against those two schools for Columbia, but the first time in the history of the program that the Lions will play in the state of Oregon.
COLUMBIA VS. PORTLAND STATE (1-2)
SUNDAY, DEC. 1 - 5 P.M.
STOTT CENTER - PORTLAND, ORE.
Portland State has played just three games to this point in the season, with two Ivy League opponents on the docket this weekend. Princeton will take on the Viks on Saturday, Nov. 30, before hosting Columbia the following afternoon. PSU began the year with losses to Saint Mary’s (Calif.) and Seattle, but got in the win column with a 74-62 decision over Corban on November 26. Allie Brock and Kate Lanz are each averaging over 17 ppg for the Viks.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Junior Miwa Tachibana
is the only Lion to score in double figures in four of the first five games this season. The Los Angeles native is second on the team with a 12.8 ppg mark and has been named to the Ivy League Honor Roll twice this season.HIGH MOTOR
Senior Taylor Ward
has shown her high level of conditioning through the first five games, averaging a team high 34.8 minutes per game. Ward played all 40 minutes in the Lions’ game against San Francisco on November 10 and has went over 34 minutes in four of Columbia’s first five games.STARTING STRONG
made her first start of the season last Sunday at Fairleigh Dickinson. The junior scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, while also grabbing six boards. Both totals were just one shy of her season-highs.DOMINATION DOWN LOW
Senior Courtney Bradford
finished just one point shy of her first double-double this season at FDU. The Alpharetta, Ga. native secured a season-high 10 boards and was 3-of-6 from the field for nine points. CONTRIBUTING EARLY
has been among the most productive first-years in recent memory for Columbia. She is currently third on the team, averaging 9.8 ppg after breaking double figures in each of the last three games. At FDU, Oliver set a new career high with 14 points.FREEBIES
has made opposing teams pay for sending her to the free throw line this season, converting 18-of-20 attempts.
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