Women’s basketball (5-11, 2-1 Ivy) was not distracted by the bright lights of New York City as it went on the road and defeated conference basement dweller Columbia (4-11, 0-3) this past Saturday at Levien Gym. The team executed a balanced game plan in which all five Cornell starters reached double digits in scoring.
Freshman Jeomi Maduka recorded a double-double as she knocked down 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while senior captain Brittani Rettig came one rebound short of the same feat, as she added a career high 10 points.
Freshman Kayleen Fitzsimmons, the reigning Ivy League Player of the week, notched 13 points and junior Claire Perry shot 50 percent from the field as she recorded 10 points for the Red. Sophomore Lindsay Krasna also made her presence felt on the court, as she pulled down a career-high eight rebounds, dished out a team high five assists, and scored 13 points.
The Lions caught the Red off guard early, as they jumped out to an early 9-2 lead before head coach Dayna Smith called a timeout three minutes into the game. Apparently, the conference struck a nerve as the Red then scored 10 of the next 12 points to get the game back to even.
The Red then would go on to dominate the latter part of the first half, taking a 37-25 lead into half time.
After trading runs to begin the second half, the Lions threatened late as Columbia’s Brittany Carfora knocked down a 3-pointer and Sarah Baeto converted a lay-up to cut the Red’s lead to six with eight-and-a-half minutes left to play.
The Lions wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the way as the Red got tough on defense, eventually rebuilding their lead to 18 by holding the Lions scoreless in the next five minutes. The Red would go on to seal the victory, out-rebounding the Lions by 23 to win by 15 points.