|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Marianne Kalin (15)||Camille Zimmerman (24)|
|Rebounds||Mie Hoff (10)||Camille Zimmerman (13)|
||Olivia Askin (5)
||Camille Zimmerman (3)
Riley Casey (3)
|Steals||E'Lexus Davis (2)||Maya Sampleton (3)|
||Marianne Kalin (2)||Camille Zimmerman (1)
Maya Sampleton (1)
NEW YORK —Columbia outscored Hofstra 24-6 in the third quarter en route to a 75-53 non-conference women’s basketball win Monday evening at Levien Gymnasium. The win improved Columbia to 6-6 overall, while Hofstra falls to 5-5.
Camille Zimmerman registered her sixth double-double of the year and third straight 20-point game. The senior finished with game-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds, 10 of which came on the offensive glass. She also tallied three assists, two steals and a block and hit all eight of her free throw attempts. First-year Riley Casey added 16 points on 50-percent shooting, while sophomore Maya Sampleton came off the bench to score a career-high 12. Sampleton also filled up the stat sheet with four boards, three steals, two assists and a block.
Columbia took control of what was a tightly contested game early in the third quarter. The Pride went up three points with the first bucket of the half, but Columbia responded with a 13-0 run and never looked back. Zimmerman started the rally with two free throws, first-year Madison Pack converted a layup, Casey hit two free throws and Pack swished home a 3-pointer. Zimmerman got back to the line for two more free throws and Sampleton closed the run with another as Columbia took a 43-34 advantage. The Lions would not trail again.
Columbia used a separate 8-0 run to go up 17 points at the conclusion of the third quarter. The Lions then scored the first seven points of the fourth to take full command. Pack’s second triple of the game gave Columbia its largest lead, 70-45, with 4:10 to go.
Defensively, the Lions forced a season-high 21 Hofstra turnovers that led to a 29-9 advantage in points off turnovers. The Pride shot just 14.3 percent from 3-point land (3-21), while the Lions connected on six form deep and hit 15 of their 20 free throws. Columbia also grabbed a season-high 17 offensive rebounds that led to a 21-7 advantage in second-chance points.
A Petja Krupenko jumper with two seconds left in the second quarter gave Hofstra a 32-31 halftime lead. Columbia used a 7-0 run to go up five at the 4:41 mark, but Hofstra countered with six of the next eight points before Krupenko put her team in front heading to the locker rooms.
First-year Maya Sampleton sparked Columbia in the first quarter. Seconds after connecting on a 3-pointer, she stole the ball and used her speed to drive all alone to the hoop for two more. The Lions led 19-15 after the first period.
Hofstra was led by Kalin, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Askin added 13 points and five assists and Davis finished with 11 points. Columbia outscored the Pride 44-21 in the second half.
Columbia takes 17 days off for final exams and the holidays. The Lions are back in action on Thursday, Dec. 28, when they fly to Houston to take on the Cougars. Columbia will also play Rice (Dec. 30) on the trip before flying back to New York.
- Columbia and Hofstra met in women’s basketball for the first time since 2003.
- Senior Camille Zimmerman extended her double-figure scoring streak to 39 games, recorded her eighth 20-point outing of the season and sixth double-double.
- First-year Riley Casey registered her fifth consecutive double-figure scoring game and ninth of the year. She was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for second consecutive week Monday afternoon.
- With a career-high 12 points, sophomore Maya Sampleton notched her third double figure scoring of the season.