Just one day after Columbia and Barnard announced that only first-years and sophomores will be invited back to campus for the fall semester, the Ivy League declared Wednesday afternoon that all athletics will be postponed until at least January. All sports will be prohibited from participating in competitions, while practices will be permitted if protections are in place to ensure they are in accordance with each institution’s and state’s policies....
How Janiya Clemmons left the bench to lead women’s basketball to its first winning season of the decade
Janiya Clemmons’ basketball career perfectly matches the word “commencement.” On the one hand, she will leave her college life, along with the Lions—who she played with for four years—behind. On the other hand, Clemmons is also starting a new chapter in her basketball career as she looks to play professionally....
‘I’m not going to change because of a losing record’: Why the men’s basketball team’s faithful keeps coming back
Since the inception of major league and collegiate athletics, there has been a large following of superfans—even for teams that struggle to perform.
Over the past decade, the Columbia men’s basketball program has featured two head coaches, a number of high-impact players that helped redefine what individual success can look like at Levien Gymnasium, and a few high-intensity moments that will be talked about for decades. And yet, despite these undoubtedly positive developments, the defining takeaway from this decade is that the team has been unable to break out of the pattern of mediocrity that has long been its reputation....
‘I haven’t reached my potential’: After leading her team to a canceled postseason, Janiya Clemmons weighs basketball and banking
This is the third edition of “The Season That Could Have Been,” Spectator’s series on spring 2020 sports.
A decade in athletics: Columbia basketball Hall of Famer Megan Griffith leads her alma mater out of a dark decade
For most of its history, Columbia women’s basketball has been a weak program, with a winning percentage of 0.344. But in many ways, the 2010s was its best decade in its 33-year experience in Division I, as Columbia kicked off the decade with its first-ever winning season and concluded it with its second. Yet at the same time, the Lions continued to struggle throughout their decade on the court, hitting the bottom in conference standings five times and taking second to last three times. The team’s average conference win total in the decade was just 3.8 games out of the 14 total games played against Ivy League opponents each season....
Columbia Athletics will allow domestic travel, practice, competition for spring sports amid COVID-19 concerns
Updated at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9
Women’s basketball dropped both games in its last home weekend to end the regular season. The Lions’ offense failed to pick up steam in the 77-52 loss to Princeton, as well as in the 51-36 defeat to Penn, locking down the fourth playoff seed....
Columbia men’s basketball failed to secure its second Ivy League win this weekend. The losses to Princeton on Friday and Penn on Saturday marked the team’s 12th and 13th consecutive losses, cementing the Lions’ spot at the bottom of the Ancient Eight....