NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s basketball team completes a stretch of eight of nine on the road with a back-to-back at Harvard and Dartmouth. Friday's game at Harvard tips at 6 p.m. and will be available on NESNplus. Saturday's game at Dartmouth tips at 5 p.m. Both games are also available on the Ivy League Network.
A post-game reception for alumni, parents and friends will take place after Friday night’s game against Harvard. The reception will be held at Beat Brasserie, located at 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, Mass. Please click the following link if you are interested: http://boston.alumni.columbia.edu/columbia_vs_harvard_women_basketball_20180202.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman is the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week and was named one of 10 finalists for the Katrina McClain Award on Thursday. She had 23 points, a season-high 13 rebounds and six assists in last Saturday's 72-54 victory at Cornell. In doing so, she also became one of the top-10 scorers in Ivy League women's basketball history with 1,791 career points.
• Zimmerman leads the Ivy League in points per game (20.2), total points (383), field goals made (137), free throws made (101), total rebounds (171) and double-doubles (9). Nationally, she ranks among the top 50 in scoring, double-doubles, free throws made and free throw percentage (.863).
• Columbia snapped a six-game losing streak and eight-game series losing streak when it defeated Cornell, 72-54, on Saturday in Ithaca. It marked the team's first win over the Big Red since 2014 and its first win in Ithaca since 2010. Maya Sampleton (14) and Imani Whittington (11) had career-highs scoring.
• Last season, Columbia and Dartmouth played a quadruple-overtime game in Hanover that saw the Lions come out on top, 91-88. The game tied for the longest in Ivy League women's basketball history, which the Lions also won, 114-111, over Penn on March 4, 1988.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman leads the Lions in points (20.2), rebounds (9.0), assists (3.3), steals (0.9) and blocks (0.8). Last season, she was the only player in the country to lead her team in all five categories.
• Zimmerman is second on Columbia's all-time rebounding list, entering the weekend with 816 in her career. The program record is 937, set by Kathy Gilbert White '91CC.
• First-year Imani Whittington is coming off a career-high 11 points at Cornell and made the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll for the first time. She shot 5-of-7 from the field and scored Columbia's first seven points.
• Sophomore Maya Sampleton scored a career-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting at Cornell and also made the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll for the first time.
• Columbia is at the end of a stretch in which it plays eight of nine games on the road. Among those contests, Columbia plays five of its first six Ivy League games away from home.
• Columbia is ranks 15th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (77.0 pct.) Senior Camille Zimmerman, junior Abby Lee and first-years Riley Casey and Madison Pack are all hitting at above 85 percent from the charity stripe. Additionally, Columbia boasts one of the top-30 3-point defenses in the nation, allowing opponents to shoot just 27.9 percent from beyond the arc.
• Columbia has been outrebounded in all 12 of its losses and held to 60 points or less in nine of them. Conversely, the Lions average 73.6 points in their victories and have never been held to fewer than 60 points.
• Zimmerman and senior Paige Tippet have played in all 103 games of their Columbia careers. Zimmerman became the third player in program history to make 100 career starts at Penn (Jan. 13). The only game Zimmerman did not start was on Senior Night of her rookie season.
• Harvard (11-6, 3-1 Ivy) has won four in a row overall and is a perfect 8-0 at Lavietes Pavilion. They are second in the Ivy League standings at 3-1, defeating Dartmouth, Brown and Yale in succession over the last two weekends. Harvard's only league loss came in the opener at Dartmouth, 63-56. Senior Taylor Rooks was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week alongside Camille Zimmerman, averaging 23.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two wins while shooting 75 percent from the floor, including 85.7 percent (6-7) from 3-point range. Rooks averages 12.9 points and a team-best 8.2 rebounds on the season. Sophomore Katie Benzan is just ahead of Rooks for the team's top scoring mark at 13.0 points per game and also averages a team-best 3.9 assists.
• Dartmouth (10-7, 2-2 Ivy) split last weekend's games at home, defeating Brown on Friday, 78-73, before struggling offensively in a Saturday loss to Yale, 57-39. The Big Green also split with Harvard through their first two league games, including a 63-56 victory to open conference play at home. Columbia and Dartmouth have played to overtime at least once in each of the last three seasons. Last year, the Lions outlasted them, 91-88, in a quadruple-overtime game that was highlighted that evening on SportsCenter. Junior Cy Lippold leads the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game. Senior Kate Letkewicz (11.4) and junior Isalys Quinones (10.6) also average double figures. Letkewicz heads the effort on the glass (6.4).
KATRINA McCLAIN FINALIST
• Senior Camille Zimmerman was named a finalist for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award, presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to recognize the nation's best power forward. The committee announced its 10 finalists on Thursday, Feb. 1. In the preseason, Zimmerman was one of 20 named to the Katrina McClain Award Watch List. The 10 finalists for the Katrina McClain Award also include Lauren Cox (Baylor), Kristine Anigwe (Cal), Napheesa Collier (UConn), Caliya Robinson (Georgia), Myisha Hines-Allen (Louisville), Stephanie Mavunga (Ohio State), Ruthy Hebard (Oregon), Bella Alarie (Princeton) and Maria Jesperson (South Florida). The list will narrow down to five in March.
10-TIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Senior Camille Zimmerman earned her 10th career Ivy League Player of the Week selection this past Monday, following her 23-point, 13-rebound, six-assist effort to lead the Lions to a 72-54 victory at Cornell. Zimmerman tied Judie Lomax '10BC for the most Player of the Week selections in program history, and is the ninth player in Ivy League history to be named 10 times.
ZIMMERMAN AMONG ACTIVE NCAA LEADERS
• As of Thursday, Feb. 1, Camille Zimmerman ranks among the NCAA's top-30 active career leaders in eight categories. She is 12th in scoring average (17.4), 15th in free throws made (402), 17th in field goal attempts (1,535), 19th in free throw percentage (.820), 18th field goals made (661), 20th in career points (1,791), 25th in double-doubles (31) and 29th in free throw attempts (489). All of those marks lead active Ivy Leaguers, except double-doubles, which is held by Penn's Michelle Nwokedi (35).
PICKING A FIGHT
• Columbia has shown its not afraid to play anybody, as evidenced by the strong opponents on this year's non-conference schedule. Columbia has faced six teams in the RPI top-60, which includes Mississippi State (3), Green Bay (13), Arizona State (29), Buffalo (26), Houston (49) and Princeton (54). According to the Jeff Sagarin ratings, Columbia's strength of schedule ranks 117th nationally, which is second-toughest in the Ivy League behind only Princeton (107).
• The Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, where they will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018. 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 tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com.