NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s basketball team bids farewell to its senior class in the final two games of the regular season this weekend at Levien Gymnasium. The Lions host Dartmouth Saturday, followed by Harvard on Sunday. Both games will start at 2 p.m., with a Senior Day ceremony scheduled prior to the start of Saturday's game against the Big Green.
Editor's Note: The weekend schedule was moved to Saturday-Sunday to accomodate for a winter storm shutting down Cornell's campus on Friday.
• Seniors Jillian Borreson, Paige Tippet and Camille Zimmerman will be honored prior to the start of Saturday's game against Dartmouth. All three seniors are four-year members of the program. The class led Columbia to its best non-conference record in the program's Div. I history last season (10-3, .769), the program's first two wins against BIG EAST opponents and the program's first win over a team from the ACC. Tippet and Zimmerman have played in all 111 games of their careers. Zimmerman has started 110 of them.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman enters the weekend with 1,937 career points, which is fifth in Ivy League women's basketball history. She is 25 points behind Vita Redding (Brown, 1995-99) for fourth. Zimmerman would need to average 31.5 points over the last two games to reach 2,000. She also comes into the weekend with 914 career rebounds, sitting 23 behind Kathy Gilbert White (1987-91) for the program record of 937.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman leads the Ivy League in points per game (19.6), total points (529), field goals made (191), free throws made (132), rebounds per game (10.0), total rebounds (269) and double-doubles (15). She ranks among the top-50 nationally in six categories, including 18th in free throw percentage (.874), 21st in double-doubles, 33rd in rebounds/game, 34th in scoring and 35th in free throws made.
• Columbia defeated Brown, 90-74, last Friday in Providence. The Lions shot 50-percent from the field and 50-percent from three (11-22). They also scored 45 first-half points, marking their most of the season.
• Zimmerman leads the Lions in points (529), rebounds (269), assists (92), steals (26) and blocks (18). Last season, she was the only player in the country to lead her team in all five categories.
• Zimmerman moved into Columbia's top-10 in career assists last Saturday at Yale with 252.
• Zimmerman passed Gail Koziara on Saturday to become one of the Ivy League's top-five all-time leading scorers. Koziara scored 1,933 points for Dartmouth from 1978-82.
• Columbia has been outrebounded in 18 of its 19 losses. The Lions outrebounded Brown, 43-41, on Feb. 10 at Levien Gym, but were defeated, 84-80.
• Columbia has been held to 60 points or less in 13 of its 19 losses. Conversely, the Lions average 75.6 points in their victories, have never been held to fewer than 60 and have scored at least 90 twice.
SOLIDIFYING HER LEGACY
Below are the milestones/records senior Camille Zimmerman has a chance to accomplish in her final weekend:
• 63 points from becoming the fourth player in Ivy League history to reach 2,000
• 25 points behind Vita Redding (Brown, 1995-99) for fourth in Ivy League history (1,962)
• 23 rebounds behind Kathy Gilbert White '91CC for Columbia's all-time record (937)
• Expected to make her 111th career start Friday, most all-time at Columbia
• Two blocks from becoming the fifth Lion to reach 100 • Two free throws from moving into the top-10 in Ivy League history
• Columbia dropped 90 points against Brown in last Friday's 90-74 victory. It marked the most points by the Lions in an Ivy League game since defeating Dartmouth, 91-88, in quadruple-overtime last season. The most points Columbia has ever scored in a regulation Ivy League game is 91, which came in a 95-91 loss against Penn on Feb. 20, 1987. The most points Columbia has ever scored in any game in program history is 114, defeating Penn, 114-111, in quadruple-overtime on March 5, 1988.
ZIMMERMAN AMONG ACTIVE NCAA LEADERS
• Camille Zimmerman ranks among the NCAA's top-20 active career leaders in seven categories. She is 17th in scoring average (17.5), 14th in free throws made (427), 17th in field goal attempts (1,673), 18th in free throw percentage (.828), 17th in field goals made (715), 19th in career points (1,937) and 18th in double-doubles (37). All of those marks lead active Ivy Leaguers.
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.
• Dartmouth (14-11, 6-6) was eliminated from Ivy League Tournament contention last weekend with losses to Princeton and Penn. The Big Green have split their last eight games, which started with back-to-back wins over Cornell and Columbia to begin the month of February. They like to shoot it from three, averaging 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, which is tops in the Ivy League and 20th nationally. Dartmouth also ranks atop the Ivy League at defending the perimeter (.296). Senior Kate Letkewicz leads the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game. Juniors Cy Lippold (12.3) and Isalys Quinones (10.7) also average double figures scoring. Quinones heads the effort on the glass at 6.6 per contest.
• Harvard (16-9, 8-4) did the opposite of Dartmouth last weekend, defeating both Penn, 55-52, and Princeton, 72-58, to clinch its spot in the Ivy League Tournament. It marked the Crimson's first sweep over the perennial powerhouses since 2013. Senior Taylor Rooks was named Ivy League Player of the Week, tallying 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against the Quakers, followed by nine points on her Senior Night in the win over the Tigers. Rooks averages 12.5 points on the season, 14.0 in Ivy League play, along with a team-leading 7.4 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Katie Benzan is the team leader in scoring (13.4), assists (3.8) and steals (1.5). Harvard is the second-best 3-point shooting team behind Dartmouth at 34.2 percent.