NEW YORK – Columbia and Buffalo square off in women's basketball for the first time when the Lions host the Bulls Saturday afternoon. Tip from Levien Gymnasium is set for 2 p.m. The game will air on the Ivy League Network.
• Columbia has won three straight games, defeating Boston College, UMBC and Saint Francis (PA) to improve to 5-5 overall. Through the winning streak, the Lions are averaging 74 points, shooting 47 percent from the field, outscoring opponents by more than 12 points and outrebounding opponents by more than 11 per game. This is Columbia's longest winning streak since stringing together seven straight Nov. 27-Dec. 29 of last season.
• Columbia is coming off of its best offensive game in recent memory, hitting season-highs in points (94), field goal percentage (54.2 pct.), 3-point percentage (57.9 pct.), 3-pointers made (11-19) and assists (23) on Wednesday against Saint Francis (PA). Six Lions scored in double figures, led by senior Camille Zimmerman's game-high 25 points, game-high nine rebounds and game-high six assists. Columbia's 94 points were its most against a Div. I opponent since December of 1990, when the Lions defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 95-81.
• Three Lions hit career-highs in scoring on Wednesday. Sophomore Janiya Clemmons shot 5 of 8 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line on her way to a career-high 15 points. Clemmons also tied her career-best of four assists. Senior Paige Tippet connected on 4 of 5 attempts from 3-point range to score a career-high 14 points, also tallying a career-high six assists. Sophomore Maya Sampleton posted career-highs in points (10) and rebounds (7), shooting 4 for 8 in the contest, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc.
• Columbia has played a Mid-American Conference (MAC) opponent just two other times in program history and is looking for its first win against the conference. Its most recent matchup came against Toledo at the Arizona State Classic in 2015. The Lions played Eastern Michigan on New Year's Day in 2005.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman has scored in double figures in 37 consecutive games. She has led Columbia in scoring in all 10 games this season. She ranks among the top-10 in the NCAA in total points (201), field goals (73) and free throws (53). Zimmerman has had at least six assists in each of her last three games.
• Sophomore Janiya Clemmons is averaging 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 26.3 minutes over her last three games. She scored a career-high 15 points on Wednesday against Saint Francis.
• Senior Paige Tippet entered the NCAA statistical rankings in assist-turnover ratio, carrying a mark of 1.57. She is averaging 5.0 assists over her last three contests, which includes a career-high six on Wednesday. Tippet is fourth in the Ivy League in both total assists and assist-turnover ratio.
• Sophomore Maya Sampleton is averaging 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds off the bench across the last three games. She has tied her career-high in scoring with two 10-point performances.
• After getting outrebounded in their first seven games, the Lions have outrebounded all three of their opponents across their current three-game winning streak. Their rebound margin over that stretch is +11.3.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Columbia scored 94 points on Wednesday against Saint Francis, its highest point total against an NCAA Div. I opponent since Dec. 29, 1990 when it defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 95-81.
• Columbia's last 90-point game (vs. Div. I) was a 93-83 win at Longwood on Jan. 7, 2009.
• Camille Zimmerman is expected to make her 94th career start on Saturday and pass Danielle Brown (2006-10) for sole possession of sixth on Columbia's all-time list.
• Columbia shot 57.9 percent from 3-point range (11-19) in Wednesday's win over SFU, marking its highest 3-point field goal percentage (min. 10 made) since Feb. 26, 2010, when the Lions shot 60.0 percent (12-60) against Penn.
• Columbia's 3-point field goal percentage from Wednesday is one of the Top 25 percentages in NCAA Div. I women's basketball this season (min. 10 made).
• Columbia shot 54.2 percent from the field (32-59) Wednesday against Saint Francis, marking its highest shooting percentage since Feb. 28, 2014, when the Lions shot 54.7 percent (29-53) against Dartmouth.
• Wednesday's shooting percentage is the third-highest by Columbia over its last 10 seasons.
• Camille Zimmerman has scored in double figures in 37 consecutive games. The streak began with a 22-point performance in the 2016-17 season opener against UMBC (Nov. 11).
• Zimmerman's scored 25 points on Wednesday to record her 37th career 20-point game.
• Columbia had 23 assists on 32 made baskets in Wednesday's victory, marking its most assists against a Div. I opponent since Feb. 20, 2009 against Brown (23).
• Columbia has tallied 20 or more assists in a game just seven times over the last 10 seasons.
• The last time Columbia put 6 in double figures was Dec. 28, 2013 in an 87-80 win over Lehigh, which was also played at Levien Gym.
• Columbia has won 3 straight games and also improved to 3-0 all-time against Saint Francis.
• Buffalo (6-1) is coming off a blowout victory on Thursday over crosstown rival Canisius, 73-47. The Bulls are rated No. 23 in the NCAA women's basketball RPI and own two power-conference victories over Nebraska, 82-72, and Clemson, 61-41, at the San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Nov. 23-24). Buffalo's only loss came against Arizona State at the ASU Classic, but the Bulls responded the next day by thrashing UNLV, 80-53. Buffalo is all about defense, ranking 13th nationally in field goal percentage defense (33.0 pct.), 22nd in 3-point defense (24.2 pct.) and seventh in steals per game (14.4). They allow just 57.6 points per game and hold a scoring margin of +16.1 on the campaign. Junior Cierra Dillard leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game, and is also the assists leader (4.0). Senior center Cassie Oursler also averages double figures scoring (11.9) and shoots 52.1 percent from the field. Senior forward Katherine Ups averages a team-high 5.4 rebounds.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
• First-year Riley Casey was tabbed Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday. Casey, a first-year guard out of Brentwood, Tennessee, averaged 11.0 points and shot 57.1 percent from the field (8-14) to help the Lions to a 2-0 week. She hit double figures in both games, including a 12-point performance on 5 of 9 shooting in Wednesday’s 68-60 victory over Boston College. The win marked Columbia’s first in program history over an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Casey followed up with 10 points in a 60-44 victory on Sunday at UMBC, hitting 3 of 5 attempts from the field all three of her free throws. The 5-8 rookie scored seven points in the first quarter, including a 4-point play, to help Columbia jump ahead by double digits. Casey is Columbia’s second-leading scorer at 9.4 points per game and leads all Lions in 3-pointers made (16). She has started all 10 games and reached double figures in seven.
• 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 10 games and is second on the team in scoring with an average of 9.4 points. Pack, a 6-3 post player, has started each of the last seven games, is third on the team in scoring (6.9) and averages 4.8 rebounds. Rookies Andrea McCormick and Imani Whittington have also seen significant playing time. Whittington has played in nine of 10 games and started one, while McCormick has also appeared in all but one contest.
ADDING TO HER RECORD
• 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 1,609 career points, which ranks 22nd 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.