NEW YORK – The Columbia women's basketball team (13-12, 3-9 Ivy) hosts its final two games of the regular season, welcoming Brown (14-11, 5-7 Ivy) and Yale (14-11, 5-7 Ivy) to Levien Gymnasium. Friday night's game against Brown tips at 7 p.m., and will be available on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network. Saturday's Senior Night game against yale tips at 6 p.m. on the ILDN.
NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY
• The first 200 fans in attendance at Saturday night's game against Yale will receive a free t-shirt as Columbia celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day. A pregame youth clinic will also take place from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in The University (Blue) Gym for children ages 5-12. The prince is $20 and includes clinic registration, pizza from Papa John's and a ticket to the women's basketball game at 6 p.m. Click here to register.
• Seniors Carolyn Gallagher, Tori Oliver, Devon Roeper and Ara Talkov will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Senior Night. Entering the final two games, the class has combined for 2,237 career points, 782 made field goals, 1,166 rebounds and 297 assists.
• Senior Tori Oliver is No. 3 on Columbia's all-time scoring list with 1,322 points, and No. 6 all-time in rebounds with 648. Oliver will graduate as the program's all-time leader in free throws made and attempted, entering the weekend 471-623. Oliver will tie Lauren Dwyer (2007-11) and Melissa Shafer (2008-12) for Columbia's top spot in career games played (112) by playing in both of this weekend's games.
• Senior Devon Roeper is currently No. 6 all-time in career field goal percentage. Roeper enters the weekend a lifetime 49.8-percent shooter. The senior from San Diego has played in 105 career games, which ranks 10th.
• Junior Camille Zimmerman is 27 points from breaking Hall of Famer Ellen Bossert's single-season scoring record of 598 from the 1985-86 season (NCAA Div. III). Zimmerman enters the weekend with 572 points and averages an Ivy League-best 22.9 points per game. Last weekend, Zimmerman broke Columbia's Div. I single-season scoring record of 521 points, which belonged to Hall of Famer Judie Lomax from the 2009-10 campaign.
• Columbia (13-12) has posted its most wins since going 18-10 in 2009-10. The Lions are looking to finish .500 or better for the second time since becoming a Div. I program in 1986-87.
THE CHASE FOR 598
• Junior Camille Zimmerman has scored 572 points this season and is 27 points away from breaking Columbia's all-time single-season scoring record. The current mark belongs to Ellen Bossert, who scored 598 points during the 1985-86 season, which was Columbia's final year competing at the NCAA Div. III level. Bossert, who was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008, averaged a program-best 22.1 points per game during her record-setting season. Zimmerman is on pace to eclipse Bossert's scoring average as well, heading into the final two games averaging 22.9 points.
• Zimmerman broke Columbia's Div. I single-season scoring record on Feb. 24 at Princeton. The previous mark was held by Hall of Famer Judie Lomax '10BC, who scored 521 points during the 2009-10 campaign. Zimmerman scored her 522nd point with a basket at the 1:35 mark of the first quarter, finishing the night with a game-high 27 points.
NOTES ON ZIMMERMAN’S SCORING MARKS
• Junior Camille Zimmerman is averaging 22.9 points per game and has totaled 572 points this season. In Ivy League play, she has 309 points and is averaging 25.5 per contest. All of those marks lead the Ivy League.
• The last Ivy League player to average 20 points in a season was Harvard's Reka Cserny (20.9 in 2004-05).
• Only six Ivy League players have scored 600 points in a season, the last was Harvard's Hana Peljto in 2003-04.
• Only three Ivy League players have averaged 25 points in an Ivy League season, the last being Penn's Diana Caramanico in 1998-99. The record is 28.5 held by Allison Feaster of Harvard (1997-98).
• Zimmerman is 16 made field goals away from Ellen Bossert's single-season program record of 235 (1985-86).
• Zimmerman has set a new Columbia single-season record for field goal attempts with 499 to this point. The previous mark was 446, set by Shawnee Pickney in 2000-01.
OLIVER CASHING IN AT THE STRIPE
• Senior Tori Oliver has made 471 career free throws on 623 attempts, which are both Columbia records. She ranks top 10 in Ivy League history in both makes and attempts. Among active NCAA players, Oliver is No. 9 in makes and No. 12 in attempts. Her career .756 percentage ranks No. 7 all-time at Columbia.
• Columbia earned a season sweep over Dartmouth to mark its first against the Big Green since 2010. It was also Columbia's first season sweep against an Ivy League opponent since going 2-0 against Brown in 2013. The Lions defeated Dartmouth, 91-88, in a quadruple-overtime game on Jan. 27 in Hanover, and completed the sweep on Feb. 18 in New York, 69-48. The 20-point victory was Columbia's first in Ivy League play since 2011.
• Senior Tori Oliver and junior Camille Zimmerman are two of Columbia's top three all-time scorers. Zimmerman is second with 1,372 career points, while Oliver checks in third at 1,322. Zimmerman is 75 points away from Ula Lysniak's all-time program record of 1,447 (1983-87). Both Zimmerman and Oliver rank top 10 in career rebounds, with Oliver at 648 and Zimmerman at 626.
• Oliver and Zimmerman have each totaled 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in their careers, marking the first time in the program's Div. I era that two teammates actively played together with those accolades. It is also the first time since the 1990-91 season that Columbia had two 1,000-point scorers on the floor together − the last duo was Kathy Gilbert (1,309 points) and Jennifer Beubis (1,039 points), who played together from 1987-91. Oliver and Zimmerman join Ula Lysniak (1983-87), Kathy Gilbert (1987-91), Shawnee Pickney (1997-01), Ellen Bossert (1984-86) and Lauren Dwyer (2007-11) in the program's 1,000-500 club.
CRASHING THE GLASS
• Columbia ranks No. 10 in the NCAA in rebound margin (+9.4). The Lions have outrebounded 23 of 25 opponents this season. Penn (Feb. 10) and Princeton (Feb. 11) are the only two teams to outrebound Columbia. The Lions have outrebounded four opponents by 20 or more, including Richmond, 54-33 (Nov. 13), Loyola Maryland, 45-23 (Nov. 30), UMass Lowell, 47-23 (Dec. 2), and NJIT, 50-27 (Jan. 4).
• The Bears (14-11, 5-7 Ivy) are tied with Yale for fifth in the Ivy League standings and are fighting for their spot in the first ever Ivy League Tournament. Cornell (6-6 Ivy) sits one game ahead for the fourth and final spot. Brown was in the top four all season, but has dropped its last four games, including a 92-88 overtime loss last Friday against Dartmouth. The Bears rank atop the Ivy League in points per game (72.0), field goal percentage (41.1 pct.), and turnover margin (+1.80).
• Freshman Justine Gaziano averages a team-best 17.6 points per game, which ranks No. 2 in the Ivy League behind Columbia's Camille Zimmerman (22.9). Gaziano's Ivy League scoring average is 18.1 points per game, which is also second to Zimmerman (25.5). She was named USBWA National Rookie of the Week on Jan. 17 after averaging 29 points in three games, including a 33-point performance to lead Brown to its first win at Princeton since 2003. Shayna Mehta (14.6), Taylor Will (12.8) and Erika Steeves (12.6) round out the Bears averaging double figures. Steeves averages a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game.
• The Bulldogs (14-11, 5-7 Ivy) are tied with Brown for fifth in the Ivy League standings and are fighting for their spot in the first ever Ivy League Tournament. Cornell (6-6 Ivy) sits one game ahead for the fourth and final spot. Yale has been trending up, winning its last three games, which included handing league-leading Penn its first Ivy loss, 61-48, on Feb. 18. The Bulldogs swept Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend.
• Junior Jen Berkowitz leads Yale in scoring (14.0), rebounding (6.9) and blocks (0.84) per game. She is the reigning Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, averaging 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 assists through Yale's two victories last weekend. She posted 26 points and 10 rebounds in Yale's 57-52 win over Harvard. Berkowitz's scoring average is nearly a point better per game in Ivy League play. Lena Munzer averages 12.7 points per game, while Tamara Simpson averages an even 10 points per game in Ivy League play.
• The Ivy League will conduct postseason tournaments for both men’s and women’s basketball at The Palestra in Philadelphia on March 11-12, 2017. The four-team tournaments will determine the conference’s automatic bids to the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships, and all six games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s networks.
• Tickets on now on sale for the inaugural Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, which will take place Saturday & Sunday, March 11-12, 2017, at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN’s networks. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.IvyMadness.com.
COLUMBIA BASKETBALL PODCAST
• The Columbia University Sports Management program is producing a series of podcasts involving the Columbia men's and women's basketball programs. The podcasts are part of the program's podcast series, The CUSP Show. Several episodes are already available and can be downloaded for free in the App Store. Fans can access the podcasts in a variety of other ways as well, which includes going to BlogTalkRadio.com/TheCUSPshow. The podcasts will also be posted as they become available to GoColumbiaLions.com.