NEW YORK – The Columbia women's basketball team (12-9, 2-6 Ivy) welcomes Ivy League foes Harvard (18-3, 6-2 Ivy) and Dartmouth (6-15, 1-7 Ivy) to Levien Gymnasium for Alumni Weekend. The Crimson come to town for Friday night's American Heart Association Game at 7 p.m. Dartmouth is on tap for Saturday's New York Liberty Night at 6 p.m. Both games will air on the Ivy League Digital Network.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION GAME FRIDAY
• Friday night's game against Harvard is Columbia's American Heart Association Game. All fans will receive an American Heart Association pin and all in-game donations will benefit the American Heart Association. Columbia will wear red shooting shirts and shoe laces to support the AHA's "Go Red For Women" movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Harvard will wear its red jerseys.
NEW YORK LIBERTY NIGHT SATURDAY
• Saturday night's game against Dartmouth is New York Liberty Night. The New York Liberty will host a clinic from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Blue Gym for children ages 5-12. The cost is $50, which includes clinic registration, two tickets to a 2017 New York Liberty game and one ticket to that night's Columbia women's basketball game against Dartmouth. Liberty legend Sue Wicks will be in attendance at the clinic and during Columbia's game. Register online at GoColumbiaLions.com.
• The Lions defeated Dartmouth in quadruple overtime, 91-88, on Jan. 27 in Hanover, which tied for the longest game in Ivy League women's basketball history. Columbia also won the only other 4OT game, defeating Penn, 114-111, on March 5, 1988 at Levien Gym. The day after beating Dartmouth, the Lions came back from 12 points down to tie Harvard in the final 30 seconds, but came up just short, 70-68, in Cambridge.
• Camille Zimmerman is 55 points from Columbia's single-season Div. I scoring record held by Judie Lomax. Zimmerman enters the weekend with 466 total points. Lomax finished the 2009-10 campaign with 521. Zimmerman is on pace to complete the regular season with 599 points, which would break the program's all-time single-season record of 598 set by Ellen Bossert in 1985-86 (NCAA Div. III).
• Columbia is No. 9 nationally in rebound margin (+9.9). The Lions spent the majority of the season at No. 3, but were outrebounded for the first time all season by both Penn and Princeton last weekend.
• Columbia (12-9) has already tied its win total from last season and is one win away from posting its most since going 18-10 in 2009-10. With a win, the Lions would reach 13 for just the third time since becoming a Div. I program for the start of the 1986-87 season.
• Zimmerman averages an Ivy League-best 22.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. In Ivy League play, she leads all players in scoring average at 25.0 points per game. She has scored 20 points in six consecutive games.
ZIMMERMAN ON RECORD SCORING PACE
• Junior Camille Zimmerman is 55 points away from Columbia's single-season Div. I scoring record and is also on pace to break the program's all-time record for points in a season. Zimmerman enters the weekend with 466 total points through 21 games, which puts her on pace to finish the regular season with about 599 points. The program's Div. I scoring record is 521 points, accomplished by Columbia Hall of Famer Judie Lomax '10BC during her senior 2009-10 campaign. Zimmerman is averaging 22.2 points per game this season, which would also break Lomax's Div. I record for scoring average (18.6, 2009-10). The program's all-time single-season records in total points and scoring average are held by Columbia Hall of Famer Ellen Bossert (1984-86), who totaled 598 points and averaged 22.1 per game in the 1985-86 season (NCAA Div. III).
NOTES ON ZIMMERMAN’S SCORING MARKS
• Junior Camille Zimmerman is averaging 22.2 points per game and has totaled 466 points this season. In Ivy League play, she has 200 points and is averaging 25.0 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).
OLIVER CASHING IN AT THE STRIPE
• Senior Tori Oliver has made 458 career free throws on 608 attempts, which are both Columbia records. She ranks No. 8 in Ivy League history in free throws made and No. 7 in attempts. Among active NCAA players, Oliver is No. 8 in makes and No. 11 in attempts. Her career .753 percentage ranks No. 7 all-time at Columbia.
• Senior Tori Oliver and junior Camille Zimmerman are two of Columbia's top five all-time scorers. Zimmerman joined Oliver in the top five with a 26-point performance at Yale (Feb. 3). Oliver (1,281 points) and Zimmerman (1,266 points) rank fourth and fifth on Columbia's career scoring list. Both also rank top 10 in career rebounds, with Oliver at 617 and Zimmerman at 589.
• Oliver and Zimmerman have each also 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. 9 in the NCAA in rebound margin (+9.9). The Lions were not outrebounded through their first 19 games of the season before getting outdone by both Penn and Princeton on the same weekend. 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).
• Columbia defeated Dartmouth in a quadruple overtime, 91-88, in Hanover (Jan. 27). The game was featured that evening on SportsCenter. Trailing by four with 10 seconds remaining in the third overtime, Columbia got two free throws from Tori Oliver followed by a game-tying 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left from Emily Surloff to force a fourth overtime. Columbia scored the first four points of the fourth overtime and held on to snap its 11-game Ivy League losing streak. Camille Zimmerman led the Lions with career-highs of 37 points, 19 rebounds and four steals. Columbia led by 10 with 6:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Dartmouth tied things up with a minute to go to force overtime. The Lions never trailed in either of the first two extra periods, but Dartmouth's Fanni Szabo was able to tie the game in the final seconds each time. The game ties for the longest in Ivy League history with Columbia's 114-111 4OT victory over Penn on March 5, 1988.
ZIMMERMAN GARNERS NATIONAL ATTENTION
• Junior Camille Zimmerman earned national recognition as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women's National Player of the Week for games played Jan. 23-29. Zimmerman averaged 29.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals in games at Dartmouth and Harvard. It included her hitting career-highs in points (37), rebounds (19) and steals (4) in a quadruple-overtime victory, 91-88, at Dartmouth, in which she also played a career-high 58 minutes. NCAA.com also featured Zimmerman in its Starting Five Players of the Week.
RAKING IN PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS
• Junior Camille Zimmerman has been named Ivy League Player of the Week five times this season (Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Dec. 12, Dec. 19, Jan. 30). Zimmerman becomes the 11th Ivy to receive five Player of the Week honors in a single season and the 17th Ivy to earn seven Player of the Week awards for her career. She is the second Lion to accomplish both feats, joining Judie Lomax (2009-10), who was named 10 times in just two years at Columbia.
Zimmerman's Player of the Week Selections (2016-17)
Nov. 14 - Averaged 20 points and 12.5 rebounds through two games
Nov. 21 - 20 points with a season-high 17 rebounds against Saint Francis
Dec. 12 - 27-point, 10-rebound games against Providence and Binghamton
Dec. 19 - 20 points against LIU Brooklyn, including her 1,000th career point
Jan. 30 - Averaged 29.5 points, 13.5 rebounds at Dartmouth and Harvard
HISTORIC NON-CONFERENCE SEASON
• Columbia posted a 10-3 (.769) record through the non-conference portion of its schedule, which is the best non-conference winning percentage in program history. Along the way, the Lions secured their best 10-game start when they defeated LIU Brooklyn (Dec. 12) to move to 8-2 for the first time ever. The non-conference season also included seven straight victories, tying for the longest winning streak during the program's Div. I era. The program's all-time longest winning streak is eight, accomplished in the 1985-86 season (Div. III).
• The Crimson (18-3, 6-2 Ivy) bounced back from their first two losses of the Ivy League season by defeating Brown, 69-59, and Yale, 76-56, last weekend. After falling in the season opener at Minnesota, Harvard tied a program record with 16 consecutive wins. The streak came to a close with a 20-point loss to Penn, 63-43, on Feb. 3. The Crimson were clipped by Princeton the following night in overtime, 63-58. Harvard is No. 2 in the Ivy League in scoring (67.0), 3-point defense (29.1 pct.), rebounds per game (42.86) and blocks (5.4).
• Katie Benzan (13.2), Madeline Raster (11.5) and Destiny Nunley (11.1) are Harvard's three double-figure scorers. In Ivy League play, Benzan averages a team-best 14.4 points. Jeannie Boehm heads the effort on the glass (7.3), just ahead of Nunley (7.2). Boehm and Benzan each scored 20 against Columbia earlier this season.
• Three of Columbia's last five games against Dartmouth (6-15, 1-7 Ivy) have gone to overtime, including a quadruple-overtime thriller that the Lions won earlier this season in Hanover. The Big Green came back to win the next night against Cornell, 84-74, accounting for their only win in conference play. They've lost four straight since, including a pair of 30-point defeats at the hands of Penn and Princeton. Dartmouth ranks last in the Ivy League in scoring (59.3), field goal percentage (38.3 pct.), rebounds (35.14) and rebound margin (-5.3).
• Kate Letkewicz (11.5), Isalys Quinones (10.2) and Fanni Szabo (10.1) all average double figures scoring for Dartmouth. Szabo scored 31 against the Lions in the 4OT game, but was outdone by Camille Zimmerman's career-high 37. Letkewicz is coming off a 23-point game in her team's last outing, a narrow, 65-62, loss to Brown, in which she shot 10 of 14 from the field. Quinones leads the team in rebounding with 7.1 per contest.
• 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.
• Columbia makes its final road trip of the regular season, traveling to Princeton and Penn next weekend. The Lions battle Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by the league-leading Quakers on Saturday at 7 p.m.