NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Columbia threw its personal New 12 months’s Eve get together on the expense of Yale, bringing a memorable 2022 calendar 12 months to an finish with a convincing victory, 97-53, Saturday afternoon at Lee Amphitheater.
Columbia (12-2, 1-0 Ivy) prolonged its profitable streak to 9, which stands alone because the longest in program historical past. They’d all of it however wrapped up by halftime, ending the second quarter on a 14-0 run that noticed them go into the locker rooms main by 22. Yale (6-8, 0-1 Ivy) would solely pull it again inside 18 earlier than the Lions pushed forward by 30 early within the fourth quarter. They led by almost 50 earlier than the ultimate horn mercifully sounded.
Extra impressively, the nation’s prime 3-point shot-making crew (11.0 per recreation) solely made 4. The Lions scored an unheard-of 62 factors within the paint and blitzed Yale on the quick break, 25-4.
“It exhibits that we are able to execute our recreation plan. We did not have to shoot the three in the present day,” head coach Megan Griffith ’07CC mentioned. “Groups are going to protect us [to shoot] as a result of we’ve got the propensity and functionality to shoot. I additionally assume our crew is basically expert and tremendous athletic. We will get to the rim and I used to be pleased with us for getting the ball inside in the present day to point out that we are able to rating out and in.”
All 5 starters scored in double figures, led by a game-high 20 from Jaida Patrick. The second-year switch from Duke flirted with a triple-double, including a season-high 9 rebounds and career-high seven assists. Kaitlyn Davis’ line included 14 factors (7-9 FG), seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Kitty Henderson put up 15 factors and eight boards, whereas Abbey Hsu (13) and Hannah Pratt (10) rounded out the double-figure scorers.
“All people crammed up the stat sheet, from rebounds to assists to factors,” Griffith added. “It was a very balanced crew effort which I am actually pleased with.
“Jaida was electrical in the present day. When she will get an task she actually locks in defensively. She’s such an awesome defender on the ball and confirmed the league in the present day why she generally is a candidate for Defensive Participant of the 12 months.”
The Lions, which now additionally personal the perfect 14-game report in program historical past, shot 59.3 p.c from the ground (35-59) and obtained to the foul line 33 occasions to Yale’s 16. Columbia improved to 10-0 this season when attending to the foul line greater than its opponent.
Yale did not rating for the ultimate 6:52 of the primary quarter because the Lions jumped forward 18-5. Henderson was the early catalyst, outscoring Yale all by herself with eight factors over these 10 minutes.
The Bulldogs punched again with a 10-0 second-quarter run that made it a 20-15 recreation. Nonetheless, that proved to be the ultimate counter the Lions needed to take care of all afternoon. A 31-23 recreation turned fully in favor of Columbia courtesy of a 14-0 run that spanned the final 2:56 of the half. All 5 starters scored throughout that stretch and the Lions saved their foot on the fuel all by the second half to earn their most lopsided win over Yale in collection historical past.
Columbia now units its sights on a rematch of the 2022 Ivy League Event Championship Sport, visiting Princeton (8-4, 0-1 Ivy) Friday evening in New Jersey. The sport will air dwell nationally on ESPNU.
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