|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Camille Zimmerman (17)||Brianna Rudolph (18)|
|Rebounds||Camille Zimmerman (10)||Oda Shackelford (11)|
||Camille Zimmerman (4)
Riley Casey (4)
|Jennifer Louro (3)
|Steals||Paige Tippet (3)||Paula Lopez (2)|
||Maya Sampleton (1)
Abby Lee (1)
|Three tied (1)|
LOWELL, Mass. —The Columbia women’s basketball team suffered a 77-70 defeat to UMass Lowell on Wednesday evening at the Costello Athletic Center.
Columbia (1-2) was outrebounded by 11 and UMass Lowell (1-2) turned 23 offensive rebounds into 24 second-chance points. After trailing the entire fourth quarter, the Lions tied the game with 1:40 remaining on a Maya Sampleton basket that capped a 12-3 run. However, it proved to be Columbia’s last basket of the night, as the River Hawks scored the final seven points to earn their first victory of the season.
Three Lions ended the game in double figures, led by senior Camille Zimmerman’s 17 points on 7 of 14 shooting. First-year Riley Casey scored 12 points, marking the third consecutive double-figure scoring game to begin her collegiate career, and junior Abby Lee had a season-high 11 points thanks in part to hitting 3 of 5 from long range. Zimmerman added 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Junior Brianna Rudolph scored a game-high 18 to lead a trio of River Hawks in double figures. America East Rookie of the Week Paula Lopez had 15 and fellow freshman Linda Svenne rounded out the group with 14. Junior forward Oda Shackelford skied for a game-high 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Fellow forward Kayla Gibbs also crashed for six offensive rebounds.
Columbia committed 31 fouls that led to 35 free throw attempts for UMass Lowell. The River Hawks were only able to connect on 19 of them (54.3 pct.), but kept the Lions away from the foul line until midway through the third quarter. Columbia ended the game 5 of 9 from the charity stripe.
The Lions started the game well and led for the majority of the first half. Ahead 7-6, Camille Zimmerman scored the game’s next eight points to put the Lions on top by nine just five minutes in. UML quickly answered with the next seven points over a span of just 34 seconds and regained the lead, 20-19, on a Louro 3-ball at the 2:22 mark. Columbia was able to take it back by the end of the quarter on one of Abby Lee’s three triples in the contest.
After combining for 46 first-quarter points, the two sides slowed down to score just 22 in the second quarter. The lead changed hands four times in the period with neither side leading by more than two points for the last 7:13 before halftime. Late buckets by senior Jillian Borreson and first-year Imani Whittington kept it a tie game at the break.
Columbia shot 50 percent (8-16) in the third quarter but was outscored 24-20 thanks to three triples and seven free throws from the River Hawks. Zimmerman picked up her fourth foul at the 7:11 mark and played just 27 minutes due to foul trouble. Lowell led by as many as five in the period, 48-43, after a Svenne 3-pointer at the 4:19 mark, but the Lions hung around to regain a one-point lead on another Lee triple. UML scored the final five points of the quarter to take a 58-54 advantage to the fourth.
UMass Lowell held Columbia to 31-percent shooting in the fourth quarter to pull away. A 7-0 run built the home team’s lead to nine with less than four minutes to go. Columbia put together one final push sparked by back-to-back triples by Lee and senior Paige Tippet, eventually tying the game on Sampleton’s bucket with 1:40 to go. Rudolph broke the tie on UMass Lowell’s next possession and the Lions went shot 0 for 5 with two turnovers in the final minute to fall by seven.
Columbia travels to Vermont on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip against the Catamounts. The game will air on ESPN3.
- Camille Zimmerman extended her double-figure scoring streak to 30 games.
- Abby Lee scored 11 points, marking her highest scoring output since Jan. 4 of last season at NJIT.
- Ten of the 11 Lions available found the scoring column.
- Paige Tippet came up with a career-high three steals.
- UMass Lowell evened the all-time series at 2-2, snapping Columbia’s two-game series winning streak.