February 21, 2014

Columbia Outlasts Women's Basketball, 66-59

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Miwa Tachibana's 20 points, including five treys, helped pace the Columbia Lions (6-17, 3-6 Ivy) to a 66-59 win over the Brown women's basketball team (8-15, 2-7 Ivy) on Friday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

 

Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) and freshman KJ Veldman (Spirit Lake, Iowa) each registered 11 points while Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) deposited 10 points and hauled in five rebounds.  Toronto native, Sophie Beutel, chipped in with six points and tied a season-high with nine rebounds for the Bears while Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) added eight points in the opening 20 minutes.

 

The Lions countered the Bears attack with 15 points apiece from Carolyn Gallagher and Taylor Ward while Amara Mbionwu grabbed 11 rebounds for Columbia on Friday night.

 

For the third consecutive game, the Bears started out of the gate slow as the Lions rushed out to an early 7-0 lead.  Continuing her recent success, Beutel netted Brown's first four points of the game to cut the Columbia lead to 9-4.

 

Trailing 23-13, Brown embarked on a 10-0 run, capped off by Musgrove's free throw off the heels of Amara Mbionwu's flagrant-1 foul on Natalie Ball.  The Bears defense tightened in the final 12 minutes of the half as they held they Lions without a field goal during that span.

 

Freshman KJ Veldman got on the board in the second half with two consecutive treys to tie the game at 37.  Columbia countered with a 9-0 run to take a 46-37 lead with 11:42 to play. 

 

Trailing 52-44 with 5:20 to play, Tachibana sank a trey while drawing contact as she converted on the four-play to extend the Lions lead to 56-44.  The Bears drew within one score at 59-56 after Veldman's layup and Clarke's trey on consecutive possessions.

 

Brown wasn't able to find the equalizing bucket as Gallagher and Sara Mead secured Columbia's triumph with crucial free throws down the stretch.

 

The Bears will return to action tomorrow as they play host to the Cornell Big Red at 6 p.m.