|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Riley Casey (21)||Kate Letkewicz (20)|
|Rebounds||Janiya Clemmons (7)||Kate Letkewicz (10)|
|Assists||Five tied (2)||Cy Lippold (12)|
|Steals||Janiya Clemmons (3)||Cy Lippold (3)|
||Madison Pack (1)
Janiya Clemmons (1)
|Isalys Quinones (3)|
HANOVER, N.H. — Despite a career night from first-year Riley Casey and another 20-point effort from senior Camille Zimmerman, the Columbia women’s basketball team was defeated by Dartmouth, 88-65, Saturday evening in Ivy League action at Leede Arena.
Casey and Zimmerman each reached 20 points for Columbia (7-14, 1-5 Ivy). Casey recorded a career-high 21, leading all scorers on 7-of-15 shooting, including three from long range. Zimmerman’s 20 came on 8-of-12 shooting, posting a second consecutive 3-for-3 night from beyond the arc. The senior also picked up five rebounds.
Dartmouth (12-7, 4-2 Ivy) shot a season-high 57.6 percent (38-66), including a scorching 14-for-19 (.737) in the third quarter. Senior Kate Letkewicz led a quartet of double-figure scorers, netting a team-high 20 on 8-of-14 shooting and a 4-for-6 showing from downtown. She added a game-high 10 rebounds to earn the double-double. Juniors Cy Lippold and Isalys Quinones each poured in 15 points on a combined 68-percent from the floor. Lippold dished out a game-high 12 assists for her double-double.
The Lions went into halftime down 34-23, but came out of the locker rooms with 10 points in a matter of two minutes to pull within three. Zimmerman converted a 3-point play just 10 seconds in, followed by a bucket by sophomore Maya Sampleton, a triple by Casey and a jumper by sophomore Janiya Clemmons to slice the margin to 36-33. Sampleton hit on Columbia’s next trip down the floor to start the Lions 5-for-5 from the field and keep it a three-point game.
That would be as close as it got. Dartmouth quickly turned it back to an 11-point lead with 3-pointers by Letkewicz, Lippold and senior Andi Norman on three straight possessions. The Big Green kept the offense coming, putting up 35 points in the quarter and hitting eight second-half threes to finish the night 10-for-21 (.476) from beyond the arc. The margin ballooned to as much as 27 before the final horn.
Columbia trailed by just five after the first quarter and led twice in the early going. Dartmouth went on top for good at 6-5 and built its first double-digit cushion, 30-19, with 4:04 before halftime. The Big Green forced the Lions into 10 first-half turnovers and finished the game with 18 points off those opportunities.
The Lions return home for Alumnae Weekend next Friday and Saturday. Yale visits Levien Gymnasium Friday night for an SNY telecast beginning at 7 p.m. The Alumnae Game will take place before Saturday’s 5 p.m. tip against Brown.
- Zimmerman recorded her 45th career 20-point game. Casey earned her second of her rookie season.
- Dartmouth’s 57.6-percent shooting came one night after Harvard shot 55.2 percent against the Lions. Those marks are the two highest by Columbia opponents all season.
- Dartmouth’s 10-for-21 showing from three matched Mississippi State’s for the best by a Columbia opponent this season.
- The Big Green snapped Columbia’s two-game series winning streak.