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Saturday's Pink Zone and "Battle of the Badges" Highlight Weekend Slate

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's basketball team returns to John J. Lee Amphitheater this weekend for a pair of games and will host its annual Pink Zone and "Battle of the Badges" events on Saturday. Fans wearing pink to the game against Columbia will receive free admission, while all of the day's proceeds will go to the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center through the "Closer To Free" fund.

The Bulldogs open the weekend slate against Cornell on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Big Red won the season's first meeting, 65-56, on Feb. 1.

Saturday night, Yale hosts Columbia at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs led the entire way in the season's first meeting and picked up a 76-51 win on Jan. 31. Yale forced a season-high 28 turnovers in the win.

Sarah Halejian, who led the Bulldogs in scoring last weekend, averages a team-high 15.4 points per game on the year. Meredith Boardman is the team's leading rebounder with 6.2 rebounds per game.

Pink Zone

Yale hosts its annual Pink Zone/"Battle of the Badges" event on Saturday, Feb. 22, when the Bulldogs host Columbia. All proceeds from the day's events will benefit the Smilow Cancer Center. Fans wearing pink, or making a donation, will receive free admission. Raffle prizes, pink cotton candy and other events will also take place throughout the game.

Yale's Pink Zone has generated over $25,000 for cancer research over the past four years.

Scouting Cornell

Series History: Yale leads, 47-23

Yale has won eight of the last nine meetings, but Cornell claimed victory in the season's first meeting, 65-56, on February 1.

Cornell split last weekend's contests, winning at Dartmouth (78-59), before falling at Harvard (84-69).

Allyson DiMagno leads the Big Red in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg), while adding 2.4 assists per game. Cornell leads the Ivy League with 9.2 steals per game and rank second in turnover margin (+2.41) and scoring defense, allowing just 63.6 points per game.

Scouting Columbia

Series History: Yale leads the all-time series, 38-16.

The Bulldogs have won three straight in the series, including a 76-51 win in the season's first meeting on January 31.

The Lions split its contests last weekend, falling at Harvard on Friday before picking up a win at Dartmouth, 65-59.

Tori Oliver is the team's leading scorer at 10.2 points per game, while Courtney Bradford grabs a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game. Taylor Ward ranks fifth in the league with 3.2 assists per game and plays a league-high 36.0 minutes per game. Columbia ranks third in the Ivy League with 13.1 offensive rebounds per game.

What To Watch For

Take Care Of The Rock: Yale has done a good job throughout the season of taking care of the ball, as evidenced by its Ivy League-leading +3.2 turnover margin. The Bulldogs' opponent on Friday, Cornell, leads the league in caused turnovers (18.8) and is the last opponent to cause Yale to turn the ball over more than its opponent, by a 14-9 margin back on Jan. 31.

Staying Fresh: One of Yale's strengths has been its depth with 11 players averaging at least 10.0 minutes per game. The Bulldogs have two players averaging double-figures, but another seven that average between 4.2 and 5.9 points per game. The bench has provided a lift for the Yale offense, contributing over 23 points per game.

Power In The Paint: Yale's ability to score in the post has been an integral part of its success. In Ivy League play, the Bulldogs are 4-0 when it gets 25 or more points in the paint. In fact, Yale has only lost four games all season when scoring at least 20 points in the paint.

Looking Ahead

Yale closes out its home schedule with games against Princeton and Penn next weekend. Yale's four members of the Class of 2014; Janna Graf, Zenab Keita, Alexandra Osborn-Jones and Amanda Tyson, will be honored prior to Saturday's game against Penn at 7:00 p.m.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity