BALTIMORE – The Columbia women’s basketball team meets up with UMBC for a fourth consecutive season on Sunday. The game is scheduled to tip at 1 p.m. from RAC Arena in Baltimore. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
• Columbia is coming off its first victory in program history against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent, defeating Boston College, 68-60, on Wednesday in New York. Previously, the Lions had been 0-2 against the ACC with both games coming against NC State in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
• Columbia has played four of its first eight games against power-conference opponents and holds a record of 2-2 in such games. The Lions topped Providence, 73-64, to begin the year before knocking off Boston College on Wednesday. Nationally-ranked Mississippi State and Arizona State defeated Columbia at the Cancun Challenge. According to the Jeff Sagarin ratings, Columbia's strength of schedule ranks No. 62 entering December.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman is Columbia's all-time leading scorer (1,572) and also sits atop the career record books in field goals made (584) and attempted (1,360).
• Both Columbia and UMBC played eight games in the month of November. Just 51 of 349 Div. I teams (14.6 pct.) played at least eight games in the first month. George Mason, Illinois and Richmond tied for the most (9).
• Columbia Director of Basketball Operations Meghan Roxas is a 2016 graduate of UMBC and spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons on the UMBC women's basketball team.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman has scored in double figures in 35 consecutive games. She has led Columbia in scoring in all eight games this season.
• Columbia outrebounded Boston College, 43-30, on Wednesday, marking the first time this season the Lions outrebounded their opponent. Last season, Columbia ranked 12th in the country in rebound margin (+8.8).
• Junior Josie Little pulled down 10 rebounds in Wednesday's victory to mark her seventh career game with 10 or more rebounds.
• Sophomore Maya Sampleton is coming off a career-high scoring performance, netting 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting (2-3 3FG) Wednesday against Boston College.
• Columbia's five games outside of the Cancun Challenge have each been decided by less than 10 points.
• The last time Columbia played UMBC down in Baltimore, the Lions earned a 70-68 overtime victory to begin the 2015-16 season. Meghan Roxas tied the game for UMBC with a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime.
LITTLE RETURNS TO LINEUP
• Junior Josie Little returned to Columbia's lineup at the Cancun Challenge (Nov. 23-25) and started all three games. Little averaged 8.0 rebounds through the first 13 games of the 2016-17 season before suffering a season-ending injury in January against NJIT. After being held out for over 10 months, Little scored nine points with five rebounds and two blocks in her return against Green Bay (Nov. 23). Little was a force on the glass in Wednesday's victory over Boston College, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds to help the Lions outrebound BC 43-30 and earn the victory.
• First-years Riley Casey and Madison Pack have worked their way into Columbia's starting lineup and are among the team leaders in scoring. Casey, a 5-8 guard, has started all eight games and is second on the team in scoring with an average of 9.0 points. Pack, a 6-3 post player, has started each of the last five games, is third on the team in scoring (6.5) and averages 5.1 rebounds. Rookies Andrea McCormick and Imani Whittington have also seen significant playing time. Whittington has played in all eight games and started one, while McCormick has appeared in all but one contest.
TOP 25 TROUBLE
• Columbia fell to 0-9 all-time against AP Top 25 opponents with back-to-back losses against No. 7 Mississippi State (Nov. 24) and No. 24 Arizona State (Nov. 25) at the Cancun Challenge. The closest the Lions have come to defeating a nationally-ranked opponent was a 19-point loss to 13th-ranked Princeton on March 7, 2015.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman landed on the Mayan Division All-Tournament Team at the 2017 Cancun Challenge. Zimmerman averaged 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 17 of 19 from the foul line against three of the nation's top programs. Her performance included a 26-point, 12-rebound effort against No. 7/3 Mississippi State, as well as 23 points on 8 of 13 shooting against No. 24 Arizona State. Zimmerman was one of six named to the Mayan Division All-Tournament Team.
ZIMMERMAN ECLIPSES 1,500
• Senior Camille Zimmerman became the 29th player in Ivy League women's basketball history to score 1,500 career points with a 10-point effort on Thanksgiving Day against Green Bay (Nov. 23). Already Columbia's all-time leading scorer, Zimmerman now has 1,572 career points, which ranks 25th in the Ivy League record books. Her career scoring average of 17.1 points per game ranks among the conference's top 10 all-time.
• UMBC (1-7) is still in search of its first victory against a Div. I opponent. The Retrievers enter Sunday with one victory on the season, which came against Div. III Gettysburg. All seven of their losses have come by at least nine points, including a 13-point home loss, 61-48, to American on Wednesday. UMBC ranks last in the America East in scoring offense (55.5), scoring margin (-9.9) and field goal percentage (33.9 pct.). Senior Laura Castaldo leads the offense with 13.8 points per game and is the only Retriever averaging double figures. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver comes in a shade under at 9.9 per game. Freshman forward Janee'a Summers is the team's leading rebounder at 6.9 per contest. UMBC struggles on the glass with a -7.6 margin, which ranks 315th in the NCAA. The Retrievers are coming off a 2016-17 campaign in which they went 16-15 overall, 10-6 America East, and earned a postseason berth into the WBI. They lost in the first round, 81-75, to Brown.