Columbia prepares for the showdown with UMass on Saturday afternoon


NEW YORK – The highest-scoring offensive in the Ivy League meets the highest-scoring offensive in the Atlantic 10 on Saturday afternoon when the Columbia (8-2) basketball team has their first ever duel against Massachusetts (9-2). The notice from the Schiller Court at Levien High School is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased in advance at GoColumbiaLions.com/Tickets or by calling 888-LIONS-11. Tickets can also be purchased on-site at the ticket booth on the southeast corner of 120th & Broadway.

FAN INFORMATION
Fans must enter from the street through the doors on the southeast corner of 120th & Broadway. The fan capacity at Schiller Court of Levien Gymnasium is limited to 70 percent of the listed capacity of the venue according to the protocols of the University Task Force. All fans aged 12 and over must present a vaccination card when entering. All fans must wear a mask at all times.

Fans arriving at Schiller Court at Levien High School must adhere to Columbia Athletics and Columbia University event protocols. Find Columbia’s event policy here.

GAME COVERAGE
Fans who cannot attend the game on Saturday can watch it live on ESPN +. Live statistics are provided by GoColumbiaLions.com. Live updates are also posted on the women’s basketball team’s Twitter page (@CULionsWBB).

5 GOOD TO KNOW:

1. WHERE THEY rank
• Columbia and UMass both come into play amid a good non-conference season. Both teams are in the top 100 of the NCAA Women’s Basketball NET rankings. Columbia is right at 100, while UMass jumped at 60 on Friday. In the RPI, Columbia is an impressive number 36, while UMass ranks 56th. Columbia is looking for its first win against a team that ranks top 100 within the NET, but stands 8-0 against teams outside the top 100. Meanwhile, UMass stands 2-2 against the NET top 100.

2. THE LATEST
• The Lions celebrate their worst win of the season, beating 2020 MAAC champion Marist, Marist, 78-49 in Poughkeepsie on Sunday. Three Lions registered a double-double, led by Kaitlyn Davis who had 18 points and 11 rebounds. The 29-point win was Colombia’s biggest since January 4, 2020 against Mercer (77-48).

• After defeating Marist and defeating Delaware last Thursday, Junior Kaitlyn Davis was named Ivy League Player of the Week. Davis averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds on her way to honor and shot 54 percent out of the field. The 6-foot-born from Noralk, Connecticut, was later inducted into the NCAA Women’s Basketball Starting 5 for her performance. She has been voted Ivy Player of the Week twice this season.

3. DOUBLE-DOUBLE TRIO

• Kaityn Davis (18-11), Kitty Henderson (12-10) and Jaida Patrick (11-10) all recorded double-doubles in Columbia’s 78-49 win at Marist. It was only the second time this season in the NCAA Div. I women’s basketball that three players from the same team all scored a double-double. The other is owned by the state of Texas, which did so on November 29 in a 93:23 win over Arlington Baptist (NCCAA). Last season there was only one known case that South Carolina managed with four double doubles against the College of Charleston on November 15, 2020.

• Columbia becomes the first Ivy League team to achieve this feat since Brown on December 31, 2018 in a 109-102 double overtime loss to Northern Illinois.

4. REUNITED

• UMass head coach Tory Verdi will return to Levien High School for the first time since the 2004/05 season when he assisted the Lions and was named interim head coach later in the year. Verdi went 3-7 in his 10 games as interim head coach. He and Columbia head coach Megan Griffith were both part of the 2004–05 team that was Griffith’s sophomore season as a player at Columbia

5. ABOUT THE MINUTE WOMEN
• UMass (9-2) left their first game against an unrated opponent on Wednesday, falling at home to Boston College, 66-60. Sam Breen and Ber’Nyah Mayo each had 14 points. Destiny Philoxy followed closely behind with 13 points and a career high of three blocks in the night. Breen and Angelique Ngalakulondi came with the eight best boards on the team. Breen leads the team with 17.9 points per game and averages a double-double of 11.5 rebounds. Sydney Taylor (15.2) and Phhiloxy (11.6) also average double digits. Breen ranks 2nd on the Atlantic 10 in both points and rebounds per game. Her seven double-doubles rank second nationwide.

• UMass boasts of the A-10’s offensive with the highest score (73.0 ppg) and also leads the conference in rebound. Their total rebounds (486) are the best nationwide, while their rebound margin (+12.4) and rebounds per game (44.18) are both the top 25.

MORNINGSIDE HOOPS
The rebranded Morningside Hoops podcast is back for a fourth season. The podcast, formerly known as Inside Columbia Basketball, features weekly interviews with coaches and members of the men’s and women’s basketball programs. New episodes are available weekly on SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

To listen to this week’s episode, click here.


Follow @CULionsWBB for the latest on Columbia women’s basketball Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or on the web at GoColumbiaLions.com.


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