February 22, 2008

Lions Roar Past Bears, 81-55

Feb. 22, 2008

Final Stats

Providence, RI - Led by four players in double-digit scoring, the Columbia Lions defeated the Brown women's basketball team, 81-55, at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday evening. Leading Brown was sophomore Ashley Alexander (Houston, TX) with 10 points, followed by Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) and Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) with nine.

Columbia, who is currently in third-place in the Ivy League, increased its record to 9-14, 6-3 Ivy, while Brown's record dropped to 2-21, 1-8.

Columbia's Michelle Gage and Lauren Dwyer each scored eight points to help the Lions to a 31-20 lead with five minutes left in the first half. The Bears were forced into nine turnovers, as Johnson and Fitzpatrick combined for 10 points, and Ashley Alexander (Houston, TX) added four to contribute to Brown's offense.

Two free-throws by Danielle Browne increased Columbia's lead to 40-20 with just 1:17 left, but free-throws by Delk, Fitzpatrick and senior Annelsey O'Neal (Franklin, GA) cut Bruno's deficit to 16 heading into half-time. Brown went 14-20 from the charity stripe that half, as Delk went three-for four, and Fitzpatrick went four-for-six.

Columbia's Brittney Carfora got hot in the second stanza, scoring nine points to bring the score 62-39 with 10:23 remaining in the game. Freshman Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) scored six consecutive points for Brown at the five-minute mark, bringing the score to 69-48. Brown was unable to cut its deficit, falling to the Lions, 81-55. Columbia tallied 30 points off Brown's 26 turnovers, and picked up 14 steals while shooting 44 percent from the field for the game.

Brown shot 36 percent for the game, and connected on just 19-30 from the free-throw line. Alexander had a team-high 10 points and grabbed one rebound, while Fitzpatrick chipped in with nine points, handed out three assists and brought in seven rebounds. Brown out-rebounded the Lions 37-35. Columbia's Carfora and Dwyer each scored 12 points, while Browne had 11 and Gage added 10.

The Bears will take-on first-place Cornell at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Cornell 16-6, 8-1 Ivy) defeated Yale 74-64 tonight in New Haven.