|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Camille Zimmerman (12)||Erica Ogwumike (16)|
|Rebounds||Camille Zimmerman (8)||Erica Ogwumike (19)|
||Camille Zimmerman (3)
Riley Casey (3)
Paige Tippet (3)
|Alexah Chrisman (3)
Gabrielle Stanton (3)
|Steals||Camille Zimmerman (3)
||Erica Ogwumike (2)
Lauren Grigsby (2)
||Camille Zimmerman (1)
Janiya Clemmons (1)
|Lauren Grigsby (2)
HOUSTON — The Columbia women’s basketball team was held to its lowest shooting percentage of the season in a 67-44 loss to Rice on Saturday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Despite a first-quarter in which Columbia (6-8) shot over 50 percent, the Lions finished the afternoon at 30.2 percent (16-53) and did not score more than 10 points in any of the final three quarters. Meanwhile, the Owls outrebounded the Lions by 22, including 11 on the offensive glass, leading to a 20-2 advantage in second-chance points.
Columbia was led by senior Camille Zimmerman, who secured team-highs of 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior Paige Tippet and first-year Riley Casey also tallied three assists. Tippet added eight points, six of which came in the first period, while Casey and sophomore Maya Sampleton finished the game with seven apiece.
Rice put four in double figures, led by redshirt sophomore Erica Ogwumike’s game-high 16 points and career-high 19 rebounds. Wendy Knight (14), Lauren Grigsby (12) and Nicole Iademarco (10) all also scored in double figures. Grigsby added to the effort on the glass with eight rebounds.
Both sides came out firing from long range. Columbia hit three of its first four attempts, including two from Tippet in the first three minutes. Sampleton followed with another to put Columbia on top 11-8 more than halfway through the opening period. Junior Abby Lee helped Columbia finish the quarter 4-for-5 from beyond the arc with triple in the final 20 seconds. However, Rice scored eight consecutive points in-between and forced six Lions turnovers to take a one-point lead.
Zimmerman briefly put Columbia ahead with her first points of the afternoon to begin the second quarter. Rice answered with a 12-0 run that spanned more than four minutes to grab a double-digit lead. The Owls hit 5-of-7 from the field during the run while the Lions missed six straight to go with a turnover. Columbia was forced to call for time trailing 29-18.
Casey put an end to the run with her first triple of the game and found Zimmerman in transition on the next possession to quickly chop the margin to six. Rice scored seven of the half’s final nine points, including five straight to head to the locker rooms leading 36-25. Tippet and Zimmerman led the Lions with six points each, while Knight had 11 for the Owls. Ogwumike had 10 rebounds as Rice held a 21-14 advantage on the glass.
Rice expanded the lead to 17 with six straight points in the early part of the third quarter. They led by as many as 21 before Columbia scored the last four points of the period on a bucket by Zimmerman and two free throws by Casey.
The Owls held Columbia off the scoreboard for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and led by as many as 28 points before the final buzzer.
Columbia will travel to Hampton after the New Year for its final non-conference contest. The game is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
- Saturday marked the first meeting between the two programs since January of 1993. Rice took a 2-0 lead in the all-time series.
- Camille Zimmerman extended her double-figure scoring streak to 41 games.
- The two-game trip marked Columbia’s first games in the state of Texas since 1999.