|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Camille Zimmerman (28)||Hanna Crymble (18)|
|Rebounds||Camille Zimmerman (13)||Kristina White (8)|
|Assists||Paige Tippet (4)||Katie Lavelle (5)|
|Steals||Riley Casey (2)||Kristina White (2)|
||Camille Zimmerman (1)
Maya Sampleton (1)
|Candice Wright (2)|
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Four Lions scored in double figures, led by senior Camille Zimmerman’s game-high 28 points, and the Columbia women’s basketball team earned a road victory over Vermont, 73-66, Sunday afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium.
Columbia (2-2) took an 11-point lead midway through the third quarter and fought off multiple Vermont (2-3) rallies through the second half. The Catamounts cut the lead to one with a 10-0 run that was broken up by a Zimmerman three-point play in the final minute of the quarter. The Lions extended their advantage back to nine with fourth-quarter triples by rookies Riley Casey and Madison Pack, but Vermont chipped away and pulled within a basket, 68-66, in the final 30 seconds.
Vermont fouled Casey, who hit her first free throw but missed the second. The Catamounts would have had a chance to tie, but Columbia junior Abby Lee came up with a key offensive rebound and sealed away the victory at the foul line.
“It was definitely positive for us to come to somebody’s court and treat it like it was ours today,” Columbia head coach Megan Griffith said. “A big focus point for us was to not back down and pursue rebounds instead of letting them come to us. We had to sure up some of those areas over the last few days. Overall, it’s always good to get a win on the road.”
Zimmerman’s 28 points came on 11 of 19 shooting. The reigning Ivy League Player of the Week also collected a game-high 13 rebounds, marking season-highs in both points and rebounds. She nearly had a double-double at halftime with 15 points and nine boards.
It wasn’t just Zimmerman doing all of the work. First-year Riley Casey scored 13 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, to make it four straight games in double figures to start her collegiate career. Lee scored a season-high 12, adding six rebounds and tying a career-high of three assists. Sophomore Janiya Clemmons set a new career-high with a dozen points of her own. Clemmons already bested her previous career mark by halftime and finished the afternoon 6 of 9 from the floor.
“We had big sparks in certain points of the game and things were flowing for us,” Clemmons said. “We still have to work on our rebounding and defense, but this is definitely a step in the right direction and a good win for the team."
Columbia turned it over a season-low nine times, including just three times in the first half, and outscored Vermont 16-8 in points off turnovers. They also held their own on the glass after entering the game with a -7.7 margin on the season.
For Vermont, Hanna Crymble led a trio in double figures with 18 points. Crymble, who was coming off a career-high 37-point performance on Friday against Howard, had just five points before scoring 13 of her team’s 20 in the fourth quarter. Sydney Smith finished with 15 and Kristina White rounded out the group with 10.
Lee connected on back-to-back 3-point attempts to begin Columbia’s scoring. Zimmerman scored eight first-quarter points and Clemmons hit her first shot in the final seconds of the period to put the Lions on top, 16-15.
The game remained within a single possession all the way until just 1:20 before halftime, when Columbia capped a 6-0 run to go up five. Clemmons had eight points in the period and Casey hit a timely triple in the final seconds to extend the lead to six, 36-30, at the break.
Vermont hit 6 of its first 10 3-point attempts, but went 0 for 5 over the final minutes of the first half. Columbia went into the locker rooms on an 11-2 run and was outscoring UVM 11-0 off turnovers.
Zimmerman buried a triple out of the locker rooms to push the lead to nine and Columbia never trailed again. Casey stole the ball from Cassidy Derda and drove all alone for two midway through the quarter to give Columbia its largest lead of the game, 47-36.
Vermont made a few runs but the Lions did not break. Columbia shot 58 percent (7-12) in the fourth quarter, including 3 for 5 from 3-point land, to fend off every attempt at a rally and walk away with the win.
Columbia heads to Cancun, Mexico for its next three games at the 2017 Cancun Challenge. The Lions will go up against Green Bay on Thursday (11 a.m.), No. 7 Mississippi State on Friday (11 a.m.) and Arizona State on Saturday (1 p.m.). All three games will be available on CBS Sports Digital
- First-years Riley Casey, Madison Pack and Imani Whittington were all in the starting lineup. It marked the first time since Nov. 16, 2014 that the Lions started three first-years, when Camille Zimmerman, Paige Tippet and Alexa Giuliano all started the second game of the season at San Jose State.
- Janiya Clemmons scored a career-high 12 points.
- Riley Casey has scored in double figures in each of her first four games, becoming the first Lion to do so since Camille Zimmerman in 2014-15.
- Columbia won its second straight series meeting over Vermont, last beating the Catamounts in November of 2015 in New York.