Fairleigh Dickinson ended the season in the first round of the Women’s NIT, falling 69-53 to host Columbia Friday night.
The Knights, regular-season champions of the Northeast Conference and the tourney runner-up, finished the season with a 24-8 record, the most wins in the program’s history.
Led by 25 points from 5-11 all-Ivy junior guard Abbey Hsu, Columbia improved to 24-5 and will play Fordham in the next round of the tournament.
Junior forward Chloe Wilson scored 22 points to lead the Knights, while senior guard Celia Carbonell added 9 as Columbia took control in the second quarter and was able to protect the lead with a 50-37 advantage in rebounds while forcing 16 turnovers.
The Lions took the lead in the second quarter, hitting five three-pointers, and turned FDU misses into fast-break layups or second-chance buckets in front of a crowd of about 600 in Levien Gymnasium on the Manhattan campus.