|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Camille Zimmerman (12)||Laura Castaldo (15)|
|Rebounds||Camille Zimmerman (9)||Janee'a Summers (6)|
|Assists||Camille Zimmerman (6)||Four tied (2)|
|Steals||Josie Little (2)||Three tied (2)|
|Blocks||None||Lakiah Sims (1)|
BALTIMORE — The Columbia women’s basketball team outplayed UMBC in nearly every facet of the game to earn a 60-44 road victory Sunday afternoon at RAC Arena.
Columbia (4-5) outrebounded UMBC (1-8) by 13, which included 14 on the offensive end that led to a 14-5 advantage in second-chance points. Senior Camille Zimmerman had six offensive rebounds on her way to a game-high nine. After being limited to just two first-half points, Columbia’s all-time leading scorer finished the afternoon with a team-high 12 points on 6 of 13 shooting. She also dished out a game-high six assists.
The Lions shot 43 percent from the field and held UMBC to 31 percent, the lowest by an opposing team this season. First-year Riley Casey scored 10 points to join Zimmerman in double figures. Eight of Casey’s points came in first seven minutes of the game, helping the Lions open up an early 10-point margin and control the rest of the game.
“We jumped out pretty strong offensively in the first quarter,” Columbia head coach Megan Griffith stated. “UMBC made us play at their pace, which is a credit to them and their team, but it’s great to come away with a road win and learn something new about ourselves.”
Columbia distributed the ball across its entire lineup, as all 10 Lions that stepped on the court grabbed at least one rebound and nine of the 10 found the scoring column. Columbia’s bench scored 22 points, which included eight form sophomore Maya Sampleton. Junior Josie Little and sophomore Janiya Clemmons came down with seven rebounds apiece. Clemmons also scored seven points.
“Having distribution in our scoring is absolutely going to make us a better program,” Griffith added. “As soon as we start realizing that and owning the moment a little bit more, it’s going to make us that much better.”
UMBC, which has now lost all eight of its games this season against Div. I opponents, was led by Laura Castaldo, who scored a game-high 15 points on 5 of 13 shooting and a 3-for-7 mark from beyond the arc. Only five Retrievers found the scoring column.
Columbia came out firing and used a 7-0 run to jump ahead early. Little and Casey combined to score the seven unanswered, including a triple by Little to put the Lions in front 11-4. A few possessions later, Casey extended the lead with a 4-point play, draining a shot from the near baseline off an in-bounds feed from junior Abby Lee.
Columbia outrebounded UMBC by 10 in the first quarter to end the period with a 19-9 lead. Casey scored eight first-quarter points to lead all scorers and the Lions held a 6-0 advantage in second-chance buckets.
The Lions maintained their double-digit lead through the second quarter. Lee and Sampleton hit the first two buckets before Columbia took its largest lead of the half, 25-11, on two free throws by sophomore Janiya Clemmons. Zimmerman scored her first points at the 2:08 mark to make it 30-16, but the Retrievers scored the final four points to cut the deficit to 10 entering the locker rooms.
Despite being held scoreless in the opening quarter and having just two points at halftime, Zimmerman found other ways to contribute. She led all players with four assists at the break and was one of three Lions with four rebounds. The senior even took a charge on one of UMBC’s first possessions of the second quarter.
UMBC made a push early in the third quarter with five unanswered points to slice Columbia’s advantage to seven. That was as close as it would get, as sophomore Stephanie Flynn fired in a big triple on the next possession and Clemmons followed for two to open the advantage back to a dozen.
Columbia continued to crash the offensive boards, giving itself three and four chances to score on some possessions. Zimmerman closed with six fourth-quarter points, including two buckets during a 6-0 run that opened the Columbia lead to 50-33 with 6:33 remaining. Eight of the Lions’ second-chance points came in the fourth quarter, including two late 3-pointers by first-year Madison Pack. Columbia shot 57 percent (8-14) in the final period to put away its second consecutive victory.
Columbia plays its final three games before winter break at Levien Gymnasium. The homestand begins Wednesday when the Lions host Saint Francis University. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.
- Columbia has outrebounded each of its last two opponents by 13 after getting outrebounded in the first seven games.
- The Lions have won consecutive games for the first time this season. Wednesday, they defeated Boston College, 68-60, in New York.
- Camille Zimmerman extended her double-figure scoring streak to 36 games.
- Riley Casey has scored in double figures in six of her first nine games.
- Columbia has won two straight series meetings in Baltimore. The Lions defeated UMBC in overtime, 70-68, on Nov. 13, 2015.