Columbia Blitzes LIU from the Tip, 90-47

BROOKLYN, NY kaitlin davis won the opening tip, jaida patrick scored within the first four seconds and Columbia never looked back on its way to another dominant road victory, 90-47, against LIU Tuesday night at the Steinberg Wellness Center.

A day after receiving its first AP Top 25 votes in program history, Columbia (10-2) looked every bit like one of the nation’s best teams. They hit their first five shots from the field, knocked down 7-of-8 threes and were quadrupling up the Sharks, 32-8, by the end of the first quarter. Patrick had 11 in the period on her way to a game-high 24, knocking down 10-of-14 from the floor while racking up five assists, two steals and a block.

“It felt really good. I felt like a lot of time last year … we struggled with starting and ending games the same way,” said Patrick, who has been the hot hand in the opening quarter in multiple outings this year. “That was a point of emphasis this season and I feel like we’re really doing a good job of holding ourselves to that standard and really buying into that.”

The Lions slowed down some in the second quarter but came out of the halftime break with the same energy they showed at the start. Again, it was Patrick scoring just 11 seconds into the half as Columbia hit their first five shots to open up a 42-point cushion by the end of the period. The Lions were 10-of-15 from the floor over those 10 minutes and outscored LIU by 20.

“You have to expect to get everybody’s best. LIU was never going to give up in that game,” head coach Megan Griffith ’07 CC said. “Our approach has been really good for the most part — sticking to the game plan right out of the gates — the same thing in the third quarter — we just have to sustain that as we sub and as the momentum of the game changes a little bit. We’re challenging our program to be as consistent as possible.”

Columbia coasted through the fourth with Patrick adding another six points in six minutes. By the time the final horn sounded, the Lions had led by as many as 47 and assisted 27 of their 36 made field goals—the Lions came into the game ranked among the nation’s top 10 in assists per game (19.5). Patrick, Hannah Pratt and Kitty Henderson had five assists a piece.

Paige Lauder scored 16 off the bench (6-7 FG, 2-2 3-PT) while Abbey Hsu netted 14 (5-10 FG) and kaitlin davis added 11 (5-8 FG) to round out the Lions in double figures. Columbia also came up with a season-high 17 steals.

The Lions will break for finals before returning to action on Wednesday, Dec. 28, when it hosts Ohio (2-6). Tip-off from Levien Gymnasium is set for 1 pm ET.


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