|Score by Quarter|
||Camille Zimmerman (23)
||Robbi Ryan (12)
Jamie Ruden (12)
|Rebounds||Madison Pack (9)||C. Johnson-Chapman (8)|
|Assists||Josie Little (3)||Robbi Ryan (4)|
|Steals||None||Kiara Russell (3)|
||C. Johnson-Chapman (1)
Jamie Ruden (1)
CANCUN, Mexico — Senior Camille Zimmerman scored a game-high 23 points, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Columbia women’s basketball team against 24th-ranked Arizona State, as the Sun Devils pulled away in the second half, 72-48, Saturday afternoon on the final day of the 2017 Cancun Challenge.
Zimmerman’s 23 points came on 8 of 13 shooting and a perfect 7-fo-7 showing at the foul line. The senior averaged 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds through the Cancun Challenge and was named to the Mayan Division All-Tournament Team. She connected on 47.7 percent of her field goal attempts and 17 of her 19 free throws.
Zimmerman pulled Columbia (2-5) within single digits more than halfway through the third quarter, but Arizona State (5-2) put up the next five points and outscored the Lions 12-5 the rest of the period. The Sun Devils piled it on in the fourth, leading by 20 for the first time with 3:43 to go and holding Columbia to just nine fourth-quarter points.
Turnovers were Columbia’s undoing. The Lions committed 19 of them and Arizona State parlayed that into a 22-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
Columbia scored on its first three offensive trips to take an early 6-2 lead. The two sides went back and forth through the opening quarter and neither team led by more than four. Columbia shot 46 percent and outrebounded ASU 11-5, but entered the second quarter trailing, 17-14, after committing five turnovers.
First-year Madison Pack finished the afternoon with 10 points and a season-high nine rebounds. The rookie quickly tied the game to begin the second quarter by connecting from long range. Arizona State answered with the next eight points to create the first bit of separation, but the Lions gathered their composure and pulled back within five, 29-24, on another Pack triple. Zimmerman kept it a single-digit deficit at halftime with drive just seconds before the buzzer.
Columbia was outshooting Arizona State by a margin of 48 percent (11-23) to 36 percent (12-33) and was outrebounding the Sun Devils 17-14 at the half. However, ASU had taken 10 additional shot attempts thanks to 10 Columbia turnovers and had a 14-0 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Lions chipped the lead down to seven twice in the third quarter and remained within single digits at the 4:47 mark. Arizona State then scored on five consecutive shot attempts to make it a 14-point game and Columbia ran out of gas. The Lions turned it over six times in the fourth quarter and suffered their third consecutive defeat of the tournament.
Arizona State shot over 50 percent in the second half and ended the game 20 for 25 at the four line. Four Sun Devils scored in double figures. Robbi Ryan and Jamie Ruden led the group with 12 points apiece. Ruden and Sophia Elenga combined for 23 off the bench. Charnea Johnson-Chapman had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Columbia returns home to host Boston College on Wednesday. Tip is slated for 11 a.m., as the Lions welcome New York City third-through-fifth graders to Levien Gymnasium for their 10th annual Education Day.
Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team
Victoria Vivians (MVP) – Mississippi State
Teiara McCowan – Mississippi State
Jessica Lindstrom – Green Bay
Allie LeClaire – Green Bay
Camille Zimmerman - Columbia
Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
- Camille Zimmerman passed Kathy Gilbert for Columbia’s career record in field goals made. Zimmerman now has 578. Gilbert had 573 from 1987-91.
- Zimmerman was named to the Cancun Challenge – Mayan Division All-Tournament Team.
- Columbia fell to 0-9 all-time against teams ranked inside the AP Top 25.
- Arizona State took a 2-0 series lead. The Sun Devils and Lions first met on Dec. 6, 2015 in Tempe, a game which ASU won, 70-49.