NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s basketball team will have an opportunity to make more program history on Sunday by making their first trip to Ames, Iowa in 12 years for a bout with No. 7/8 Iowa State. Tip-off at the Hilton Coliseum is set for 11:00 PM CT noon.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Cyclones.com. More ticket information is available here.
Fans who aren’t in the Ames area can watch Big 12 Now live on ESPN+. Fans can also follow live stats thanks to StatBroadcast. Live updates will be posted on the Columbia Women’s Basketball Team Twitter account (@CULionsWBB).
WHAT TO KNOW:
A CHANCE FOR HISTORY
• The Lions have a chance to earn their first win over an AP Top 25 team in program history. As Sunday begins, Columbia is 0-11 all-time against ranked opponents. One of these defeats came in 2010 in the state of Iowa with 73:27. Melissa Shafer led the Lions in that game by 11 points. Anna Prins led the Cyclones off the bench at 14. Sunday marks Columbia’s first game against an AP top-10 team since meeting then-No. 7 Mississippi in the 2017 Cancun Challenge.
• Sunday also marks Columbia’s third-ever encounter against a Big 12 team. The last came in 2010 in Iowa. The only other Big 12 matchup the Lions have played was on December 29, 2006 in Honolulu at the Bank of Hawai’i Invitational. The Lions fell to Oklahoma State 86-42.
• Columbia are 3-0 going into the season. Last year, the Lions went an incredible 12-1 in actual away games, setting one of the top five away records in the country. If you look back at the 2019-20 season, the Lions are 19-1 in their last 20 real road games. The only such loss in that span came at Princeton last season, 57-39.
SUCCESS AGAINST THE POWER CONFERENCES
• With a win over Seton Hall on Thursday and victories over Clemson, Georgetown and Boston College last season, Columbia is 8-9 in its last 17 games against power conference opponents (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East , SEC, Pac 12). The 17-game span began in 2016 with a home overtime win over Providence. The Lions then opened the 2017-18 season by beating the brothers 73-64 away. The Lions also got their first ACC win of the 2017-18 season when they defeated Boston College 68-60 on Education Day in front of a record 2,372 fans. In 2019-20, they added to the tally with a 54-49 victory over Georgetown (December 6) on Education Day.
• Columbia earned some redemption Thursday by beating Seton Hall 83-76 in South Orange, NJ Kaitlyn Davis hit a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds while all five Columbia starters finished in double figures. Eight months earlier, the Pirates had eliminated the Lions in the quarterfinals of the WNIT.
Iowa State came off a Sweet 16 run at last year’s NCAA tournament. The unbeaten Cyclones (3-0) last enjoyed an 88-85 win at UNI on Wednesday, the first time under head coach Bill Fennelly, and only the fifth time in program history the Cyclones have won an away game when they won it allowed 85 or more points.
• Ashley Joens already has her fair share of career records at Iowa State, but the fifth-grader added another to her collection Wednesday night when Joens took the record for career goals achieved, surpassing Angie Welles (1999-02) on aggregate of 791. Joens kicks on Sunday with 795 field goals in his career.
• Stephanie Soares continues to show she will impress at NCAA Division I level after her last performance at UNI on Wednesday. The two-time NAIA National of the Year finished the tournament with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting (including 3-on-3 on 3-pointers) and six rebounds in just 26 minutes of action.
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