NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s basketball team welcomes Yale and Brown to Levien Gymnasium for Alumnae Weekend and the Lions' first home back-to-back of the Ivy League season. Friday night's game against Yale tips at 7 p.m., while Saturday's game against Brown is at 5 p.m. Both games are available live on the Ivy League Network. A tape delay of Friday night's game will be available on SportsNet NY (SNY) Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION - FRIDAY
Columbia University Women’s Basketball has partnered with the American Heart Association to host a “Go Red for Women” Basketball Game on Feb. 9th vs. Yale University. During this time, we highly engage our fans to GO RED and enjoy the many opportunities to learn more about the organization as well as visit their table to win all types of prizes! Also during the game, we will have not one, but two t-shirt tosses, thanks to American Heart Association.
GIRL SCOUT NIGHT - SATURDAY
All girl scouts who pre-register by calling 888-LIONS-11 will be able to present your colors on the court during the National Anthem.
• After playing eight of their last nine games on the road, including five of its first six Ivy League games, the Lions finish out the regular season with six of their final eight at home. Columbia has had some memorable home wins this season, defeating Boston College (Nov. 29) for its first victory in program history over an ACC opponent, scoring its most points against a Div. I opponent since 1990 in a 94-81 victory over Saint Francis (Dec. 6), and dominating the second half, 44-21, for a come-from-behind victory over Hofstra, 75-53 (Dec. 11).
• Senior Camille Zimmerman leads the Ivy League in points per game (20.7), total points (434), field goals made (155), free throws made (110), free throw percentage (.873), total rebounds (187) and double-doubles (10). Nationally, she ranks 15th in free throw percentage and 21st in scoring average.
• Zimmerman enters the weekend with 1,842 career points, which is ninth in Ivy League women's basketball history. She is four points behind Jayne Daigle (Dartmouth, 1982-86) for eighth and has a chance to climb all the way to sixth by the end of the weekend. Katharine Hanks (Dartmouth, 1999-03) currently occupies the No. 6 spot with 1,870 career points. Zimmerman needs to average 19.7 points over the final eight games of the regular season to become the fourth player in Ivy women's basketball history to reach 2,000.
• Zimmerman had 31 points and 11 rebounds last Friday at Harvard, marking her fourth career 30-point game and her Ivy-League leading 10th double-double of the season.
• First-year Riley Casey scored a career-high 21 points on Saturday at Dartmouth. It marked Casey's second 20-point game of the season, the other coming at Penn (Jan. 13).
• Zimmerman has made each of her last eight 3-point attempts, going 2-for-2 at Cornell (Jan. 27), 3-for-3 at Harvard (Feb. 2) and 3-for-3 at Dartmouth (Feb. 3). She now leads the team in 3-point percentage (.326).
• Zimmerman leads the Lions in points (20.7), rebounds (8.9), assists (3.1), steals (1.0) 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 832 in her career. The program record is 937, set by Kathy Gilbert White '91CC.
• Columbia has been outrebounded in all 14 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 105 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.
• Yale (10-9, 3-3) knocked off the last of the unbeaten Ivy League teams this past weekend, downing Princeton, 73-59, to snap the Tigers' 17-game series winning streak. The Bulldogs were unable to pull off the weekend sweep, falling to Penn by 15, but positioned themselves a game back for the fourth and final spot in the 2018 Ivy League Tournament. Yale tries to create turnovers, ranking atop the Ivy League and 16th nationally with 11.3 steals per game. That was evidenced in last Friday's win over Princeton, as the Bulldogs came up with 15 steals to score 23 points of 24 Tigers turnovers. Senior Tamara Simpson is the turnover catalyst, ranking No. 3 nationally with 4.78 steals per game. Simpson is also the team's scoring leader (15.8). Senior Jen Berkowitz (14.9) and sophomore Roxy Barahman (13.2) complete Yale's trio of double-figure scorers. Berkowitz averages a team-best 7.7 on the glass, while Barahman leads the team with 67 total assists (3.53/game).
• Brown (13-6, 1-5) won 10 consecutive games during the non-conference season on its way to a 12-1 non-conference record. The winning streak (Nov. 24 - Jan. 5) was the second-longest in program history, behind only a program-best 13-game streak during the 1992-93 season. Even with all the non-conference success, Brown has started 1-5 in the Ivy League, earning its lone win at home against Yale in overtime, 81-71. The Bears have lost four straight heading into the weekend, falling to Penn by 33 and Princeton by 15 last weekend in Providence. Brown likes to get up and down the court quickly and simply outshoot their opponents, averaging an Ivy League-best 78.3 points per game. Junior Shayna Mehta is the second-leading scorer in the Ivy League (19.3/game), shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from long range. Sophomore Justine Gaziano (17.8), junior Taylor Will (17.0) and junior Erika Steeves (12.2) also average double figures.
CASHING IN AT THE STRIPE
• Columbia is one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country, ranking No. 7 in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.782). Senior Camille Zimmerman leads the Ivy League and ranks 15th nationally at 87.3 percent. Zimmerman has made 110 free throws on 126 attempts, both of which also lead the Ivy League. Senior Paige Tippet (.800), junior Abby Lee (.800) and first-years Riley Casey (.865) and Madison Pack (.857) are all hitting at above 80 percent from the charity stripe.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman and first-year Riley Casey each scored 20 points at Dartmouth (Feb. 3). Casey scored a career-high 21 on 7-of-15 shooting, including 19 second-half points as the Lions tried to forge a comeback. Zimmerman put together her 14th 20-point game of the year on 8-of-12 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. It marked the first time two Lions scored 20 points in the last 45 games, when Tori Oliver (23) and Camille Zimmerman (20) did so in a victory over Saint Francis (PA) on Nov. 22, 2016.
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 (Jan. 29), 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
• Camille Zimmerman ranks among the NCAA's top-30 active career leaders in eight categories. She is 12th in scoring average (17.5), 15th in free throws made (411), 17th in field goal attempts (1,566), 17th in free throw percentage (.825), 17th field goals made (679), 18th in career points (1,842), 25th in double-doubles (32) and 27th in free throw attempts (498). All of those marks lead active Ivy Leaguers, except double-doubles, which is held by Penn's Michelle Nwokedi.
PICKING A FIGHT
• Columbia has shown it's 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-50, which includes Mississippi State (3), Green Bay (13), Arizona State (33), Buffalo (23), Houston (48) and Princeton (45). According to the Jeff Sagarin ratings, Columbia's strength of schedule ranks 106th nationally, which is second-toughest in the Ivy League behind only Princeton (97).