Columbia seeks redemption Thursday night at Seton Hall

NEW YORK – Redemption will be on the mind of the Columbia women’s basketball team Thursday night when they make the short trip to South Orange to play Seton Hall. Walsh High School’s kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Seton Hall ticket office at 973-275-4255. Ticket information is available here. Tickets can also be purchased on site at the game.

GAME COVER
Fans unable to attend Thursday night can watch live on Pirate Sports Network via Flo Hoops. 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:

SALVATION
• The Lions will try to recover from both Sunday’s loss to Vanderbilt (74-63) and the loss to the Pirates (78-75) last season, which ended their historic season in the WNIT Quarterfinals. Columbia went 75-74 in the final 35 seconds, but Seton Hall got to the foul line after back-to-back possessions and ended the game 20-20 at the charity strip to slide away. Lauren Park-Lane scored a game-high 29 points for the Pirates. Columbia had four in the double digits, led by 18 out Kitty Henderson. SHU went on to advance to the WNIT championship game, where it fell to the state of South Dakota.


SUCCESS AGAINST THE POWER CONFERENCES
• With victories over Clemson, Georgetown and Boston College last season, Columbia is 7-9 in its last 16 games against power conference opponents (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, SEC, Pac 12). The 16-game span began in 2016 with an overtime home 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.


• In which Megan Griffith Head coaching era, Columbia is 4-1 against the Big East. Before Griffith became head coach, the Lions were 0-8 all-time against the conference.


ALL-AMERICAN COMPANY
• Junior Guard Hsu Abbey ranks 3rd among active Div. I players in 3-point bets per game (2.90), behind highly decorated All-Americans Taylor Robertson of Oklahoma (3.74) and Caitlin Clark of Iowa (3.32). Hsu is coming off a year in which she set the Ivy League record for 3-pointers in a season and put down 108 to surpass the previous mark of 99 set by Harvard’s Katie Benzan during the 2017-18 campaign was set up. Hsu ended the year in the NCAA top five for makes (108), attempts (288), and makes per game (3.38).

OPPONENTS FROM THURSDAY
• Seton Hall have started 2-1 this season and suffered their first defeat of the season against Princeton on Monday, 62-58. Senior Lauren Park-Lane (Wilmington, Delaware) had a season-high 25 points.


• The Pirates beat Princeton by a wide margin, 42.6% to just 29.6%, but The Hall committed 21 turnovers and was hit at the glass, particularly on the stretch. The Tigers grabbed three offensive rebounds in the last minute as the Pirates tried to rally.


• The Pirates are coming off a 24-13, 12-8 Big East campaign from a year ago that ended in a run at the WNIT Championship Game. They defeated FDU, VCU, Drexel, Columbia and Middle Tennessee State before losing 82-50 to South Dakota State in the title game.


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