|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Janie White (21)||Camille Zimmerman (22)|
|Rebounds||Erika Steeves (14)||Camille Zimmerman (24)|
|Assists||Erika Steeves (6)||Camille Zimmerman (6)|
|Steals||Shayna Mehta (3)||Four tied (1)|
||Janie White (3)||Madison Pack (1)
Maya Sampleton (1)
NEW YORK — Senior Camille Zimmerman scored 22 points and ripped down a career-high 24 rebounds, but Brown kept the Columbia women’s basketball team scoreless over the final 2:36 to walk away with the victory, 84-80, Saturday night at Levien Gymnasium.
Columbia (7-16, 1-7 Ivy) led by as many as eight and went on top 80-78 on jumper by sophomore Janiya Clemmons in the final minutes. Brown (14-7, 2-6 Ivy) tied it up on two free throws by Justine Gaziano with just under two minutes to play before taking the lead for the first time since the quarter’s 7:43 mark on a bucket by Erika Steeves.
The Lions created open looks in the final minute but could not convert. First-year Riley Casey missed two free throws that would have tied it and Zimmerman came up empty on a layup with 22 seconds remaining that would have cut the lead to one. Instead, the Bears extended their lead to four with 13 seconds left and held on.
“We played with a passion and intensity today that I have not seen in a long time from this team,” head coach Megan Griffith said. “It was good to have a competitive unit that played together. Obviously, we could have done some things defensively to hold them to less than 84 points, but that’s something we need to keep working on. Overall, our game plan was pretty solid – we took 16 more shots than they did – but we didn’t come up with the win.”
Despite how the final minute turned out, Columbia had its second-highest scoring game of the season and outrebounded its opponent for the first time since defeating Hofstra on Dec. 11. Zimmerman played a huge part, coming up with 10 rebounds that gave her a double-double not even 15 minutes into the game. Her 24 boards included nine on the offensive end that helped Columbia to a 13-7 advantage in second-chance points. It was also the second-highest single-game total in program history, behind Judie Lomax’s 27 from March of 2010, in a game that also came against Brown.
“I had been struggling with rebounding the past few games, but my teammates were getting open so my goal was to get them shots and crash,” said Zimmerman, who also had six assists. “It didn’t matter that Brown was denying me. I could still be a good screener and get the ball.”
Zimmerman had 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with 13 rebounds at the half. Brown switched up its defense to deny the Katrina McClain Award finalist on offense in the second half, but she still got to the glass for nine more rebounds and found ways to get her teammates involved. Senior Paige Tippet was one of them, hitting 6-of-7 from the field on her way to a career-high 15 points. First-year Madison Pack hit four threes to tie her season-high of 12 points, while Clemmons also scored a dozen and rookie Riley Casey finished with 10.
“Camille became a great screener in the second half when Brown went to a box-and-one on her,” Griffith went on to add. “She helped us get so many wide open shots, and that helps get other people to show up in the stat sheet. I thought she did a great job.”
Janie White scored a team-high 21 to lead a group of five double-figure scorers for Brown. The Bears shot 49.2 percent from the field and hit 10-of-21 (.476) from 3-point range. Erika Steeves came up with 14 rebounds.
Columbia took its first lead, 14-13, on a Zimmerman jumper midway through the first quarter. Brown answered with a 9-0 run and ended the quarter shooting 7-for-7 from 3-point range, but had their lead cut to five when sophomore Maya Sampleton hit a triple for the Lions just before the end of the period.
The Lions went back on top with 11 of the first 13 points in the second quarter. Zimmerman, Tippet, Sampleton and Clemmons all scored on the run, including four straight by Clemmons to put Columbia up four. The lead grew to eight thanks to back-to-back 3-point plays by Zimmerman and Casey. The Lions took a 42-38 advantage into the locker rooms.
Columbia went back up by eight in the opening minutes of the second half, but Brown used its quick-strike offense to put together a 12-0 run over a matter of just 2:40 run to gain it all back and then some. They pushed the lead to seven, 57-50, before the Lions scored six straight with back-to-back triples by Madison Pack. Tippet put the Lions back on top but Leonidas came up with a steal and sank a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Brown up. 66-65, entering the fourth.
The lead changed hands six times in the final 10 minutes with the Lions in front for most of it. Tippet’s third triple of the game followed by a nice entry pass from Clemmons to Casey gave the Lions a four-point advantage with 6:00 to go. However, Brown came through defensively in the final minutes to snap its six-game losing streak.
Columbia stays home for next weekend’s action when it hosts Penn and Princeton. Both games tip at 4 p.m. and are part of doubleheaders with the men’s basketball team.
- Zimmerman recorded the most rebounds by a Lion since Judie Lomax ‘10BC set the program record with 27 on March 6, 2010, also in a game against Brown.
- Zimmerman’s 24 rebounds are the most by an Ivy League player and tie for the fourth-most in the NCAA this season.
- Zimmerman climbed to sixth on the Ivy League's all-time scoring list with 1,874 career points.
- Tippet scored a career-high 15 points on a career-best six made field goals. She started the game 6-for-6.
- Madison Pack scored 12 points on a career-best four made 3-pointers.
- Columbia’s 80 points were its most in an Ivy League game since defeating Dartmouth, 91-88, in four overtimes last year. It is the team’s most points in a regulation game since scoring 81 at Harvard at Feb. 28, 2015.