CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Columbia women's basketball senior Melissa Shafer set a new program record in three-pointers made Friday night, in a game that saw Columbia fall at Harvard, 88-64 in Lavietes Pavilion. Shafer hit a three at the 9:53 mark in the second half to give her 162 three-pointers made all time, surpassing Emily Roller’s record of 161, set from 1995-99.
Shafer had 12 points in the loss, including three 3-pointers, and was one of four Lions to score in double figures. Sophomore Taylor Ward added 12 points, while junior Tyler Simpson had 11 and first-year Campbell Mobley set a new career-high with 10 points in the loss, shooting 5-for-6 from the field.
Spotty first half shooting doomed the Lions early on. Harvard (15-11, 8-4 Ivy) opened the game on a tear. The Crimson went on a 22-3 run to open the game, and that proved to be the difference in the game. The Lions began to claw their way back , sparked by a layup from Simpson at 10:46. From there, Columbia went on a 9-2 run of its own, closing Harvard’s lead to 12, 24-12 at 7:46. It was the closest the Lions would come for the rest of the day.
Columbia (3-23, 1-11 Ivy) struggled with shooting in the first half. The Lions went 1-for-15 from behind the arc, and shot 22% overall.
The second half saw a different Columbia team take the court, with the Lions matching the Crimson shot-for-shot for the rest of the game and shooting 50% from the field. The damage sustained in the first half was too much to overcome, however.
Shafer had 11 of her 12 points in the second half, including a three-pointer at 17:09 that tied the all-time record, and closed Harvard’s lead to 17, 48-31. Ward also scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half, including a three pointer at 13:21 to make it 55-38.
Shafer’s record-setting goal came with 9:53 left to play after Columbia had taken a timeout. Ward took the ball on the sideline, passed it to Mobley at the top of the key, and Mobley found Shafer just outside the arc. Shafer drained it, becoming the all-time leading perimeter shooter in Columbia women’s basketball history.
Harvard shot 96% from the free throw line, including 13 points in the second half, en route to the 88-64 win.
Up next for the Lions is a rematch with Dartmouth, in Hanover, N.H. Columbia will be looking to avenge a loss on their home court from early February, as the Lions will take on the Big Green, Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.
Sophomore Taylor Ward led the Lions in rebounding, tying her career high with six … Columbia outscored the Crimson in the paint, 28-26 … Columbia had only 11 turnovers in the game, compared to Harvard’s 13 … the Lions notched 10 steals in the loss … Courtney Bradford and Miwa Tachibana each had six points for Columbia, while senior Jazmin Fuller had five assists and four rebounds.