NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s basketball team (1-1) plays its third game in six days to begin the 2017-18 season when it makes the trip to UMass Lowell (0-2) on Wednesday. Tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. from the Costello Athletic Center. The game will air on ESPN3.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman became Columbia's all-time leading scorer on Sunday against Richmond, passing Hall of Famer Ula Lysniak '87BC for the top spot. Lysniak scored 1,447 points from 1983-87 and was the program's all-time leading scorer for more than 30 years. Zimmerman came into the game 15 points away from Lysniak and scored her record-breaking points at the free throw line with 6:55 remaining in the fourth quarter. Zimmerman now has 1,454 career points. Only three players in Ivy League history have reached 2,000.
• Zimmerman was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the first week of the season. She averaged 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steal through the first two games, shooting 65.2% (15-23) from the field and 88.2% (15-17) from the foul line. It was her eight career Player of the Week selection.
• Columbia defeated Providence in the season opener, 73-64, to mark its second consecutive victory over a BIG EAST opponent. Last season, the Lions downed Providence in overtime, 66-64, to earn the program's first victory against the conference. The Lions are 2-8 all-time against the BIG EAST.
• All four of Columbia's first-years have already contributed through the early part of the season. Riley Casey was named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll after averaging 13.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in her first two games. Madison Pack is averaging a team-most 24.0 minutes off the bench with 8.5 points and 6.5 boards.
ZIMMERMAN BECOMES ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER
• Senior Camille Zimmerman passed Hall of Famer Ula Lysniak '87BC as Columbia's all-time leading scorer on Sunday against Richmond. Heading into the season, Zimmerman was just 40 points away from the record. She scored a game-high 25 in the season-opening victory at Providence, positioning herself just 15 points away heading into Sunday's home opener. Zimmerman's record-breaking points came at the free throw line with 6:55 remaining. She now has 1,454 career points. Last season, Zimmerman broke Columbia's single-season marks in total points (608) and points per game (22.5), which were records that had stood since the 1980s. Should Zimmerman repeat her scoring performance from last season, she would become the fourth player in Ivy League women's basketball history to eclipse 2,000 career points.
BACK-TO-BACK BIG EAST WINS
• Columbia defeated Providence, 73-64, in the season opener to earn its second consecutive victory against an opponent from the BIG EAST. Camille Zimmerman scored a game-high 25 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, to lead the Lions to victory. First-year Riley Casey had a big collegiate debut, earning the start and scoring 14 points on 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. Columbia outscored Providence 14-5 over the final five minutes after the game was tied at 59. Last season, the Lions earned their first win in program history against the conference when they downed the Friars, 66-64, in overtime in New York. Prior to last season, Columbia was 0-8 in eight tries against the BIG EAST.
• Sophomore Stephanie Flynn scored a career-high five points and had her first two steals against Richmond.
• Junior Abby Lee tied a career-high in rebounds (7) vs. Richmond and played a career-high 31 minutes against Providence. She is averaging 8.0 points and 7.5 rebounds after averaging 3.2 points and 1.7 boards last season.
• Sophomore Janiya Clemmons tied a career-high with eight points at Providence (3-3 FG).
• Columbia shot 53.1 percent against the Friars to mark its best percentage since February of 2014.
• First-years Riley Casey, Madison Pack, Andrea McCormick and Imani Whittington have all scored their first collegiate points. Casey is averaging double figures in points (13.0) while Pack has an impressive 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds off the bench.
• Columbia has been outrebounded in each of its first two games after ranking 12th in the country last season in rebound margin (+8.8).
ZIMMERMAN NAMED TO KATRINA MCCLAIN WATCH LIST
• Senior Camille Zimmerman was named to the 2018 Katrina McClain Award watch list on Thursday, recognizing the top power forward in all of women's college basketball. The award is presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Zimmerman is one of 20 players nationwide to land on the 2018 Katrina McClain Award watch list. The selection committee for the Katrina McClain Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. McClain-Pittman and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
• Columbia will face five NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Three of those games come at the Cancun Challenge (Nov. 23-25), where Columbia will meet up with Green Bay, Arizona State and defending national runner-up Mississippi State. A trip to 2017 MEAC winner Hampton (Jan. 3) represents the fourth NCAA Tournament team. The Lions will also go up against Ivy League winner Penn twice during the conference season (Jan. 13, Feb. 16).
HEADING TO CANCUN
• Columbia will participate in the 2017 Cancun Challenge, Nov. 23-25, at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The 13th edition of the women’s event includes 10 teams split up into two divisions. The Mayan Division consists of Columbia, Arizona State, Green Bay and Mississippi State, which broke UConn’s 111-game winning streak in March at the Final Four. The Riviera Division includes Indiana State, Marquette, Montana, Oklahoma State, South Dakota and Tennessee. Six of the teams (Arizona State, Green Bay, Marquette, Mississippi State, South Dakota, Tennessee) had 20 or more victories in the 2016-17 season.
SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL
• UMass Lowell (0-2) began the season just 30 miles south from where Columbia was last Friday, as the River Hawks dropped an 81-64 decision at Rhode Island. They turned around for their home opener on Sunday and were handed a 28-point loss, 84-56, by in-state rival Holy Cross. They have allowed opponents an average of 82.5 points on 53.8 percent shooting across the first two games. Freshman Paula Lopez is the team's leading scorer at 17.5 points per game. Lopez also averages a team-best 2.5 assists. Senior Kayla Gibbs averages 14.5 points to go with a team-high 6.0 rebounds. UMass Lowell shoots 41 percent as a team, but is struggling from the free throw line at just 53.6 percent (15-28).