Columbia Returns Home to Host Houston Wednesday


NEW YORK – The Columbia women's basketball team (2-2) welcomes Houston (2-3) to Levien Gymnasium for a Wednesday matinée. Tip is set for 2 p.m. with the game airing live on ESPN+.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE • Columbia is hosting a canned food drive on Wednesday. Any fan who donates three canned goods at the game will be entered to win a Columbia Basketball prize pack. Canned goods can be donated at the second-floor lobby on the south end of Levien Gym. OPENING TIPS • The Lions return to New York after spending four days in the Midwest. They visited Milwaukee on Friday and dropped their first game of the season, 78-65. Columbia bussed down to Champaign for a battle against the Illinois on Sunday, rallying back from 16 points down in the second half to make it a three-point game in the final minute but ultimately coming up short, 76-69. It was the program's second game against a Big Ten opponent, the last coming in November of 2009 and resulting in a 72-69 loss to Iowa at the Nevada Nugget Classic.

• Columbia entered Monday ranked No. 16 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the Ivy League in fewest turnovers per game (12.0). Conversely, Houston ranks No. 19 nationally and No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference in turnovers forced per game (19.4). Last year, the Cougars forced Columbia into 25 turnovers, the most committed by the Lions all season, on the way to a 77-53 victory in Houston.

• First-year Sienna Durr was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday. Durr averaged 15.7 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 57.6 percent from the field through three games. She made her home debut in style, scoring a season-high 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting to lead the Lions to a, 70-49, victory over Army West Point. She added seven rebounds in that performance and filled up the stat sheet with an assist, block and steal. The Iowa native scored 17 points on Friday at Milwaukee to become the first Lion to start a career with three straight games in double figures since all-time leading scorer Camille Zimmerman.

• Columbia leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.420) which ranks nearly three percentage points better than last year's final tally (.393) which ranked sixth in the league.

• Columbia has scored between 65 and 70 points in each of its first four games.

• First-year Sydney Brown is coming off a season-high 14 points on Sunday at Illinois in which she score