|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Kate Letkewicz (24)||Camille Zimmerman (19)|
|Rebounds||Isalys Quinones (8)||Camille Zimmerman (12)|
||Cy Lippold (5)
||Imani Whittington (3)
Paige Tippet (3)
|Steals||Paula Lenart (3)||Camille Zimmerman (3)|
|Blocks||Andi Norman (1)||Camille Zimmerman (3)|
NEW YORK —Dartmouth shot over 55 percent from the field and hit 11 threes to spoil the first game of the Columbia women’s basketball team’s Senior Weekend, 88-77, Saturday afternoon at Levien Gymnasium.
Columbia (8-20, 2-11 Ivy) went down 21 points midway through the fourth quarter, but made one final push to make things interesting. The Lions scored 10 unanswered on three consecutive 3-pointers by junior Abby Lee, senior Paige Tippet and first-year Riley Casey. Casey was fouled on her attempt and completed the 4-point play to bring Columbia back within nine with 2:53 remaining.
Dartmouth (15-11, 7-6 Ivy), which was eliminated for Ivy League Tournament contention last weekend, stopped the Lions on their next two possessions and ended the run on junior Cy Lippold’s jumper with 1:26 to go. First-year Imani Whittington quickly answered, but the Lions could only trade baskets and were forced to foul. The Big Green hit 10-of-12 at the charity stripe in the final minute to put the game away.
Senior Camille Zimmerman, who put her named atop the Columbia record books one more time with her 111th career start, finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks. The senior’s second block made her the fifth Lion in program history to tally 100 in a career. She shot 7-of-17 on the afternoon and completed her Ivy League-leading 16th double-double.
Three Lions joined Zimmerman in double figures scoring. Casey shot 6-of-11 from the field to finish with 15 points. Senior Paige Tippet scored 11 and first-year Imani Whittington rounded out the group with an even 10. Tippet and Whittington had three assists apiece and were both 4-of-6 shooting.
Columbia ended the game shooting nearly 46 percent from the field with a 40-percent showing (8-20) from downtown. However, the Big Green picked up right where they left off a month ago against the Lions, when they also scored 88 points and shot over 55-percent on their way to a 23-point victory in Hanover. This time around, senior Kate Letkewicz led the charge with a game-high 24 points. She hit 4-of-8 from deep and was one of four Big Green players with multiple makes from the perimeter. She also led her team with seven rebounds, as the visitors edged Columbia by two on the glass.
The Lions took a 21-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. The lead changed hands 12 times in the opening 10 minutes with neither side leading by more than four. A 3-ball by Casey with 1:20 before the end of the period sent the Lions up two.
Dartmouth scored the first seven points of the second quarter, capped by a Letkewicz three at the 7:54 mark. Columbia’s first points didn’t come until nearly three minutes in when Zimmerman got to the line. First-year Madison Pack cut the margin back to two with the first of her two threes on the afternoon, but Dartmouth responded with another by Letkewicz and build an eight-point lead for the first time when Kealy Brown drilled one from the outside. The Big Green led by seven at the break.
Dartmouth continued its hot shooting right out of the gates in the second half, hitting their first three attempts from the field and going on to shoot 61.5 percent in the period. They led by double digits through the majority of it and took a 14-point advantage on Paula Lenart’s bucket in the final seconds before the fourth.
The margin ballooned to 21 points, 71-50, with a 6-0 spurt in the beginning stages of the final period. Columbia gave a valiant effort down the stretch, but it was too little too late as the margin was simply too much to overcome.
The Lions celebrate Senior Day on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when they close out the season against Harvard. The ceremony will take place prior to the start of the game.
- Camille Zimmerman tallied her 100th career block to become the fifth Lion in program history with 100.
- Zimmerman made her 111th career start to move into sole possession of first place in the Columbia record books.
- Zimmerman upped her career scoring total to 1,956 points and is six behind Vita Redding (Brown, 1995-99) for fourth on the Ivy League’s all-time scoring list.
- Zimmerman’s 12 rebounds moved her career total to 926, which is 11 shy of the all-time program record of 937 set by Kathy Gilbert White ‘93CC.
- Dartmouth swept the season series after Columbia had swept the season series over the Big Green last year.
- The game was originally scheduled for Friday but changed to Saturday because Cornell had to shut down its campus due to Friday’s weather in Ithaca.