Columbia Defeats Brown 65-60

Providence, RI- Columbia’s Judie Lomax scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to help lead the Columbia Lions to a 65-60 Ivy League win on Friday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Lions improved to 13-6 on the year and 4-1 in the league, while Brown moved to 5-14 with a 2-3 mark in the Ivy League.

Both teams came out fired up and ready to play, as the lead changed 11 times and was tied seven throughout the game. Lomax netted 14 points and brought down seven rebounds in the first half to lead the Lions to a 34-33 halftime advantage. Brown’s Lindsay Nickel added 10 first-half points and helped Brown gain as much as a nine-point lead, but Columbia rallied back to edge Brown by two in the final minutes of the first stanza.

During the intense first half, a layup by freshman Sheila Dixon gave Bruno an 11-9 lead eight minutes into the game and a three by Nickel gave Bruno a four-point advantage a few minutes later. Another trey by Nickel boosted the score boosted Brown’s lead to 19-13, but Columbia’s Mary Beato nailed a three to cut the Lions’ deficit to three just a minute later.

Nickel continued to score for the Bears and increased the team’s lead to 25-18 with back-to-back buckets, but the Lions came back again and brought it within one with 3:42 left in the half. Columbia’s Melissa Shafer put in a three to regain the lead, but the Bears got it right back after two free throws by sophomore guard Hannah Passafuime.

Nickel started off the second half with a three pointer to take the lead, 36-34, but the Bears went scoreless for the next four minutes to allow Columbia to gain a 41-36 lead with 14:38 left in the game.

But the Bears scored the next four points of the game to cut their deficit to one at the 13:28 mark, as Christina Johnson followed up with a put-back and get fouled. She made the free throw to give Brown a 45-44 lead, but Columbia scored back-to-back buckets to earn a 49-44 advantage with 9:39 left.

Sophomore Linday Steele drained two free throws and to cut Brown’s deficit to two, but Columbia went on another run and pushed its lead back up to seven with 6:23 remaining in the game.

Steele hit a big three with 3:33 left in the game to bring Bruno back within three, and two free throws by Christina Johnson brought Brown within one at the 2:40 mark. Nickel netted a jumper in the corner to give the Bears a one-point edge with 2:07 remaining, but Lomax hit a jumper from the top of the key to regain a one-point advantage.

Columbia had a 61-60 lead with 26 seconds left in the game and the Bears had possession of the ball. Bruno had a chance to tie or take the lead, but missed two free throws allowed the Lions to rally and win the game by five, 65-60.

Christina Johnson led Brown in scoring with 17 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, as Lindsay Nickel followed with 15 points and four rebounds. Also scoring in double-figures was Passafuime with 10, which included eight-of-10 shooting from the free throw line.

Lomax led Columbia offense with 23 points, followed by Sara Yee with 13 and Melissa Shafer with 10.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow night when it takes on the Cornell Big Red at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.