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Lions Host Harvard Saturday, Travel to Cornell Monday


NEW YORK – Columbia women’s basketball (13-3, 2-1 Ivy) prepares for two games in three days over MLK Weekend, beginning on Saturday when it hosts Harvard (9-6, 1-1 Ivy) on SNY at noon ET. On Monday, the Lions visit Cornell (8-8, 1-2 Ivy) at Newman Arena in Ithaca at 2 p.m.

GAME COVERAGE

Fans unable to attend can watch the Lions take on Harvard in the New York market on SportsNet New York (SNY) and SNY.TV. The game will also be streamed online through ESPN+. Live stats will be available on GoColumbiaLions.com.

Monday’s game at Cornell will be streamed live on ESPN+. Live stats will be provided by CornellBigRed.com.

POSTGAME AUTOGRAPH SESSION

Stick around following Saturday’s game against Harvard, as the Lions will be holding a postgame autograph session!

WHAT TO KNOW:

IN THE POLLS

• The Lions are receiving votes for the second consecutive week in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. The poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Div. I head coaches, representing each of the 32 conferences.

• Columbia is ranked No. 35 in the latest NCAA NET (Jan. 12). The Lions have been ranked as high as No. 23, which they achieved for the first time on Dec. 14. Columbia is currently the highest-rated team in the Ivy League and the third-highest of all teams outside of the power six conferences (MTSU, South Florida).

• Columbia currently ranks No. 3 in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25. Columbia began the 2022-23 season ranked No. 9 and peaked at No. 2.

500 REBOUNDS

• With a season-high 13 rebounds in Columbia’s overtime victory at Princeton (Jan. 6), Kaitlyn Davis became the 14th player in program history to reach 500 career rebounds. The senior from Norwalk, Connecticut is the first Lion to reach the milestone since Camille Zimmerman ’18CC. Zimmerman wound up with 940 in her career, which is Columbia’s all-time record. Davis, who missed a year of competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, averages 7.5 rebounds per game through her career. She reached 500 in her 71st career game.

A STREAK FOR THE RECORD BOOKS

• Columbia won a program record 10 consecutive games from November 25 to January 6. The winning streak started with a convincing 95-57 thrashing of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament. The Lions went on to beat the host Hurricanes, 78-71, to win the tournament title. They then rolled off a perfect 7-0 December with a notable, 84-73, road victory over reigning Atlantic 10 champion UMass. The 10th and final win of the streak was perhaps the most memorable, as the Lions took down reigning Ivy champion Princeton, 58-55, in overtime at Jadwin Gymnasium. The victory was Columbia’s first over the Tigers since 2008, snapping a 27-game series losing streak.

OUTSIDE “HSU-TERS”

• Columbia ranks No. 3 in the country in 3-pointers made per game (10.1) and No. 5 in total threes (162).
• The Lions have made 10 or more threes in eight of their 16 games so far this season.
• The Lions made a program record 18 threes (18-42) earlier this year at then-No. 7 Iowa State.
Abbey Hsu ranks top 5 in the country in 3-pointers made (54) and made per game (3.38).
• Columbia is 37.2 percent from the outside, ranking No. 15 in the NCAA.

QUICK HITS

• Four of Columbia’s starting five average double figures scoring – Abbey Hsu (17.3), Jaida Patrick (12.5), Kaitlyn Davis (12.4) and Kitty Henderson (10.1). Hannah Pratt is just outside of that at 9.9 per game. Those five all sit inside the top 20 in the Ivy League in scoring.
Kaitlyn Davis (7.8) ranks No. 3 in the Ivy League in rebounding. Five Lions (Davis, Pratt, Henderson, Patrick, Hsu) rank among the top 25 in the Ivy League.
Kitty Henderson leads the Ivy League in assists (74) and ranks second in assists per game (4.6). She ranks top 50 in the NCAA in each of those categories. Henderson, Davis and Patrick all rank top 10 in the Ivy League.
Paige Lauder (.638) and Kaitlyn Davis (.526) rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the Ivy League in field goal percentage. Henderson (.437) also ranks inside the top 10.
Abbey Hsu ranks No. 1 in the Ivies and top 50 in the NCAA in 3-point percentage (.419).
• Hsu ranks top 5 in the country in 3-pointers made (54) and made per game (3.38).
• Davis (1.1), Patrick (0.8) and Pratt (0.8) are all top five in the Ivy League in blocks.
• Columbia is 11-0 this season when getting to the foul line more than its opponent. The Lions have won each of its last 24 games when committing fewer fouls than the opponent.
• Columbia is a combined 38-10 (.792) over the course of the last two seasons.

THE OPPONENTS

• After a 2-0 start to Ivy League play that included a home win over Princeton, Harvard (9-6, 2-1 Ivy) was handed its first loss of the year by rival Yale, 71-70, in overtime on Saturday. Harmoni Turner leads the Ivy League in points per game with 18.9. She is one of three Crimson players averaging double figures, along with Lola Mullaney (13.0) and McKenzie Forbes (12.9). Turner also heads the team on the glass (5.8) and in both total assists (57) and steals (47). Harvard is under the direction of first-year head coach Carrie Moore, who took over for Kathy Delaney-Smith following the legendary coach’s 40-year career.

• Cornell (8-8, 1-2 Ivy) started off the Ivy League season on New Year’s Day with a 13-point win over Dartmouth. Last weekend, they hit the road to battle Penn and Princeton, rallying in the fourth quarter before ultimately falling to the Quakers, 62-54. They were outmatched the following night against the Tigers, 70-48. Ania McNicholas is the only player averaging double figures (11.4), with Shannon Mulroy (9.3), Emily Pape (8.9) and Kaya Ingram (8.8) not far behind. Mulroy has tallied a team-high 60 assists, good enough for second in the Ivy League.

FOLLOW THE LIONS

For the latest on the Columbia women’s basketball, follow @CULionsWBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebookor on the web at GoColumbiaLions.com.





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