It took 234 days, but Columbia women’s basketball got its revenge on Seton Hall, the team that came out victorious in last year’s WNIT Quarterfinal, in a 83-76 victory on Thursday night.
“I’m so proud of our team. We’ve had this game circled on our calendar for a while, since March 28,” head coach Megan Griffith said in a postgame interview. “It was just an opportunity for us to come back and battle with a really great Seton Hall program.”
In last year’s game in Morningside Heights, the Lions held a one point lead with 16 seconds left, but the Pirates went 4-4 from the free throw line to take the 78-75 victory.
Things again got close in South Orange, but this time Columbia (3-1) made sure to put the game away.
Coming off a disappointing loss to Vanderbilt in Sunday’s home opener, the Lions came out strong and finished the first half up 11, 38-27, on the strength of an 8-for-16 performance from the three-point line.
Columbia was ahead by 10, 66-56, with 7:40 left in regulation, when Seton Hall (2-2) made its move. A Sidney Cooks layup at the 2:54 mark capped a 15-4 run to put the Pirates up for the first time all night.
The Hall was up two with 90 seconds on the clock when Kitty Henderson calmly sank a three from the top of the arc to give the Lions the 77-76 lead.
Following a missed jumper from Cooks, Kaitlyn Davis grabbed a big offensive rebound off of Lillian Kennedy’s reverse layup and put Columbia up by three with 18 seconds remaining. Lauren Park-Lane’s game tying triple was off the mark and Davis made four straight free throws to end the scoring and send the Lions to a well-earned postgame celebration.
Columbia shot 47% on the night with a 48% (12-for-25) effort from beyond the arc, while holding Seton Hall to only 28% (5-for-12) from deep.
All five starters were in double figures, with Abby Hsu netting a game-high four three-pointers and a team-high 19 points. Davis and Henderson put up 17 and 15 points, respectively, while Jaida Patrick and Hannah Pratt each added 12.
On the defensive side, the Lions were +7 and +10% on the boards, while limiting Park-Lane, who torched Columbia for 29 in March and Princeton for 25 on Monday night, to only nine points on 3-for-12 shooting.
The Lions will have to quickly move on from this big win as they head off to Ames, Iowa to take on 2021-22 second-team All-American Ashley Joens and the No. 7 Iowa State Cyclones on Sunday afternoon. The game will start at noon ET and be televised by ESPN+ through the Big 12 Now network.