The women’s basketball team (4-15, 1-4 Ivy) came into Levien on Friday night looking to stop its three-game skid against heavily favored Princeton (12-6, 3-1 Ivy). But ultimately, the Lions fell to the Ivy powerhouse, 70-41.
The game got off to a slow start, which has become somewhat common for the Light Blue. Ten minutes into the contest, the score was 14-10 in favor of Princeton.
The Lions were able to keep the game close until late in the first half, when it looked like the Tigers were finally starting to pick up the tempo. With the Tigers up 29-20 and a minute remaining, the Light Blue was able to grab some momentum off a three-pointer and a buzzer-beating layup. At halftime, the score was 29-25 in favor of Princeton. Columbia was able to keep it close due largely to the Tigers’ 17 first-half turnovers.
“I’d like to credit our defense some. I think we moved well,” Light Blue head coach Stephanie Glance said. “I think we arrived at the right time at the right pace. And we did a better job on closing out on their shooters.”
The second half was a completely different story. As Princeton quickened the pace of the game, Columbia proved unable to hang. After the Tigers extended their lead early in the half, the Lions were unable to bounce back, and ultimately fell.
The high scorer for the Lions was junior guard Miwa Tachibana with 12 points, and junior forward Amara Mbionwu led all rebounders with nine boards.
In spite of the lopsided loss, the Lions did show a noteworthy improvement in their shot selection. The team was consistently getting open looks from all over the floor, but simply failed to execute.
“Our offense gets us good looks, but you can’t always control whether or not the ball goes in. I think that has more to do with the talent level,” Glance said.
Although Glance said she was disappointed that her players were unable to consistently knock down their shots, she still considers the night to be a victory.
“For us, the measure of success is very different than any other program,” she said. “For us, the measure of success isn’t going to be in the Ws, it’s going to be us executing the little things.”
The action continues tomorrow when Columbia welcomes Penn to Levien to Play 4Kay, which will raise money and awareness for women’s cancers.