Bears End Season with 54-41 Loss to Columbia

New York, NY- Columbia’s Judie Lomax poured in 20 points and grabbed 27 rebounds to help the Lions to a 54-41 victory over the Brown women’s basketball team at Levien Gym this evening. Sophomore Aileen Daniels (Waldwick, NJ) led the Bears’ offense for the second straight night with 14 points and nine rebounds. The Lions ended the season 18-10 overall with a 9-5 mark in the Ivy League, while the Bears dropped to 8-20 overall and finished 5-9 in the league.

The Lions jumped out to a 12-5 lead after the first five minutes of play and a lay-up by Judie Lomax as the 12:11 mark put Columbia ahead 17-8. Columbia continued to roll with the 14 points and 13 rebounds by Lomax in the first half as the squad built a 25-11 lead with 6:43 remaining in the stanza.

But the Bears began its comeback with a three pointer by junior Sarah Delk, (Atlanta, GA) followed by a layup by Daniels to cut Brown’s deficit to 10, 27-17 with 4:05 on the clock. Then a three by sophomore Hannah Passafuime (Soquel, CA) brought the Bears within seven, and layups by Daniels and Caroline King cut Columbia lead to 27-25 at 1:49. But Lomax put in a jumper to take a 29-25 lead heading into the locker room at half.

The Bears shot 32 percent from the field and were led by Daniels’ eight points and five boards. Columbia, led by Lomax’s 14 points and 13 boards shot 36 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Bears 22-19 in the first half.

Bonds made a free throw to start the second half to cut the deficit to three, and then made another just two minutes later to come within two, 29-27, of the Lions. Daniels then netted a big jumper to tie the game at 29, but that was as close as Brown would get, as Columbia made a 10-2 run to roar to a 39-31 lead.

Columbia gained as much as a 17-point lead, but the Bears were able to cut the Lions’ lead to 13, but that was as close as the Bears would come.

Daniels led the Bears in scoring for the second consecutive night with 14 points and nine rebounds, followed by Courtney Lee with six points, five steals and two assists. Brown ended the night shooting just 26 percent from the field and was just 3-of-13 from beyond the arc.

Lomax ended the night with 20 points and 27 rebounds and Danielle Browne chipped in with 15 points. The Lions shot 38 percent from the field and made just two of 17 attempts from beyond the arc.