|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Camille Zimmerman (13)||Serithia Hawkins (19)|
||Madison Pack (7)
||Myyah West (9)
Jasmyne Harris (9)
||Camille Zimmerman (2)
Riley Casey (2)
|Jasmyne Harris (9)
|Steals||Five tied (1)||Angela Harris (4)|
|Blocks||Camille Zimmerman (1)||Jasmyne Harris (2)|
HOUSTON — The Columbia women’s basketball team dropped its first game of a holiday road trip in the state Texas, 77-53, against Houston on Thursday night. The game was held at Texas Southern’s H&PE Arena.
Columbia (6-7) committed a season-high 25 turnovers and Houston (11-3) used it to take a 27-11 advantage in points off turnovers. The Cougars entered the contest among the nation’s top-10 teams in total steals and top-15 in steals per game (12.7). They finished the contest with 13.
Senior Camille Zimmerman led the Lions offensively with 13 points and filled up the stat sheet with six rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Sophomore Maya Sampleton, a native of Austin, turned in 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting in a return to her home state. Senior Paige Tippet, from the Houston suburb of League City, was one of three Lions to score eight points, joining sophomore Janiya Clemmons and first-year Riley Casey. Rookie Madison Pack led the Lions with seven rebounds.
Houston put four in double figures, led by junior Serithia Hawkins’ game-high 19 points. Hawkins hit 8-of-11 form the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, scoring 10 first-quarter points to help the Cougars jump ahead. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris finished with 16 points and led all players with nine rebounds and nine assists. Houston outrebounded the Lions 23-13 in the second half to finish plus-eight on the glass.
The Cougars shot nearly 60 percent in the first quarter to take the early lead. Hawkins and Harris combined for 17 points in the frame, but Columbia hung around by turning it over just three times. Sampleton had six points off the bench, including a bucket in the final seconds to cut the margin to 23-17.
Columbia scored eight of the first 10 points in the second quarter, including triples by Tippet and Casey, to quickly erase the lead. Casey’s came with the shot clock winding down and tied the game at 25 with 7:33 before halftime. Houston’s defense kept Columbia off the scoreboard over the next six-plus minutes, but the Lions stayed in the game by allowing just seven points over that span. Zimmerman got to the foul line to snap the scoreless drought at the 1:00 mark and Houston took a seven-point advantage into halftime.
Casey hit another 3-ball in the opening minutes of the second half to slice the deficit to six, but that was as close as it would get. Houston shot over 50-percent in the period and outscored the Lions 18-6 over the next six minutes to build an 18-point lead. The Cougars went up by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter.
Columbia stays in Houston to take on Rice this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be available on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN.
- Camille Zimmerman extended her double-figures scoring streak to 40 games. She made her 96th career start to move into sole possession of fifth in Columbia’s all-time record book.
- Columbia played a game in the state of Texas for the first time since Dec. 31, 1999.
- Houston is playing all of its home games during the 2017-18 season at Texas Southern’s H&PE Arena while planned renovations take place at Hofheinz Pavilion. The building will reopen next season as the Fertitta Center.
- Thursday’s game marked the first all-time meeting between the two programs.