|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Roxy Barahman (15)||Camille Zimmerman (14)|
|Rebounds||Lena Munzer (8)
||Camille Zimmerman (8)
Devon Roeper (8)
|Assists||Roxy Barahman (4)||Three tied (2)|
Lena Munzer (2)
|Paulina Koerner (4)
Jen Berkowitz (4)
|Devon Roeper (1)|
NEW YORK — There was a lot to celebrate Saturday night at Levien Gymnasium, as the Columbia women’s basketball team’s senior class was honored and junior Camille Zimmerman broke a 30-year-old scoring record, but the Lions faded down the stretch in a loss to Yale, 55-47.
Zimmerman surpassed Columbia Hall of Famer Ellen Bossert (1984-86) for the program’s all-time single-season scoring record. Bossert scored 598 points during the 1985-86 campaign – Columbia’s last season playing at the NCAA Div. III level – which was a record that stood for over 30 years. Saturday night, in the final game of the season, Zimmerman broke Bossert’s record, dropping her 599th and 600th points of the season at the free throw line with 6:27 to play in the second quarter.
“Camille had a really special year,” said first-year head coach Megan Griffith ‘07CC. “What she was able to accomplish this season is great for our program and I’m extremely proud of her.”
Zimmerman becomes the seventh player in Ivy League women’s basketball history to score 600 points in a season. Prior to Zimmerman, the most recent member of the 600 club was Harvard’s Hana Peljto, who scored 641 in 2003-04. Zimmerman, who scored a team-high 14 Saturday night, will finish sixth in Ivy League history with 608 points, one point ahead of Penn’s Diana Caramanico from 2000-01.
The careers of Columbia seniors Carolyn Gallagher, Ara Talkov, Devon Roeper and Tori Oliver were all honored in a pregame ceremony. All four seniors were in the starting lineup, marking the first career start for Talkov, and they came out on fire, combining for the first eight points of the game to the delight of the Levien Gymnasium crowd. Roeper scored on the opening possession to kick things off, followed by a left-handed scoop by Talkov and four straight from Oliver.
“I’m really happy [the seniors] got to end their careers tonight playing together at home,” Griffith went on to say. “This is something they will always remember and I hope they can look back on this program and say they were proud of it.”
Gallagher led all seniors with eight points and seven rebounds. Oliver scored seven with four boards, ending her career with 1,337 points and 662 rebounds, ranking third and sixth, respectively, in the program’s career marks. Roeper had five points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Talkov finished with the two points.
The senior class combined for 22 of Columbia’s 47 points and 19 of the team’s 32 rebounds.
The Lions led the majority of the game, but could not hold on in the fourth quarter. Zimmerman’s jumper with 8:04 to go put Columbia on top, 46-37, but Yale ended the game on an 18-1 run, The Bulldogs took the lead on a Lena Munzer 3-pointer with 4:41 to go. A free throw by first-year Maya Sampleton was the only point the Lions mustered the rest of the way.
Columbia finishes the season with a 13-14 overall record and a 3-11 mark in Ivy League play. The Lions posted their best non-conference record in program history this season, 10-3 (.769), and matched their Ivy League win total from the last two seasons combined.
Yale ends the year 15-12 with a 6-8 mark in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs finished sixth in the Ivy League standings.
- Camille Zimmerman broke Columbia’s all-time single-season scoring record of 598 points, set by Ellen Bossert (1984-86) in the 1985-86 season. Zimmerman also broke Bossert’s scoring average record of 22.1 points, ending the year averaging 22.5.
- Zimmerman is the seventh player in Ivy League women’s basketball history to score 600 points in a season.
- Columbia ends the season 13-14, 3-11 Ivy League.