New Haven, Connecticut. — Columbia held its own New Year’s Eve party at the expense of Yale, capping off a memorable 2022 with a convincing 97-53 win at Lee Amphitheater on Saturday afternoon.
Colombia (12-2, Ivy 1-0) extended their winning streak to nine. This is the longest record in program history. They had it all done by halftime and he finished the second quarter with a 14-0 run, leading 22 points into his locker room. Yale (6-8, 0-1 Ivy) only pulled it back within his 18. He trailed by 30 early in the fourth quarter before the Lions. They led by nearly 50 before the final horn blew relentlessly.
Even more impressive, the nation’s top 3-point shooting team (11.0 per game) made just four. The Lions scored his unheard-of 62 points in the paint and on a fast break he beat Yale 25-4.
“This shows that we can execute our game plan. We didn’t need to shoot three today,” said the head coach. Megan Griffith ’07CC said. “The team protects us [to shoot] Because we have the tendency and ability to shoot. I also think our team is very skilled and very athletic. We can get to the rim and I’m proud that we got the ball inside today and proved we can score.”
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All five starters scored in double figures for a game-high 18 Jaida PatrickThe second-year transfer from Duke flirted with a triple-double, adding a season-high nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Kaitlyn Davis The line included 16 points (8-10 FG), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal. kitty henderson While standing 15 points and 8 boards, Abby Shu (13) and Hannah Pratt (10) Rounded out the double-digit scorers.
“From rebounds to assists to points, everyone filled the stat sheet,” Griffiths added. “It was a really well-rounded team effort that I’m really proud of.
“Jada was electric today. She really hit the ground running when she was assigned. I showed the league today that I could be a candidate.
The Lions, who now hold a record of 14 games in program history, shot from the floor 59.3% (35-59) and reached the foul line 33 times, reaching Yale’s 16. To the foul line than the opponent.
Yale did not score in the final 6:52 of the first quarter as the Lions jumped 18-5. Henderson was an early catalyst, scoring 8 points in those 10 minutes and outright ahead of Yale.
The Bulldogs fought back 10-0 in the second quarter, making it a 20-15 game. However, it turned out to be the last counter the Lions had to deal with throughout the afternoon. The 31-23 game turned completely in Colombia’s favor thanks to his 14-0 run spanning 2:56 at the end of the half. All five starters scored in that stretch, and the Lions continued to put their foot on the gas throughout the second half, earning the most lopsided win against Yale in series history.
Columbia now have their sights set on a rematch of the 2022 Ivy League Tournament Championship Game, and will be visiting Princeton, New Jersey (8-4, 0-1 Ivy) on Friday night. The game will be broadcast live nationwide on his ESPNU.
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