PRINCETON, N.J. — After leading the Ivy League in scoring and rebounding for a second consecutive season, Columbia senior Camille Zimmerman earned her second straight First Team All-Ivy League selection. The league’s postseason women’s basketball honors and awards, voted on by the eight head coaches, were announced on Wednesday.
Zimmerman averaged 19.5 points and 10.2 rebounds, including a conference-best 18.9 points and 11.6 rebounds across the 14-game league schedule. She also led the Ancient Eight with 565 total points, 295 rebounds, 17 double-doubles, 204 field goals, 142 free throws and 112 offensive rebounds. Her .866 mark at the free throw line and 36.0 minutes per game were second in the league, while her .445 percentage from the field was fifth. Zimmerman also ranked among the Ivy’s top-10 in assists (3.3) and blocks (0.8).
Among her many highlights this season, Zimmerman posted the first 20-20 game by a Lion in nearly eight years when she scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds in mid-February against Brown. Her 24 rebounds were the most in a game by an Ivy League player this season and tie for the fourth-most in the NCAA. A week earlier, she scored a season-high 31 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 3-of-3 from deep and 8-of-8 from the free throw line at Harvard. The Katrina McClain Award Top-10 Finalist also went for 26 points and 12 rebounds against reigning national runner-up Mississippi State at the Cancun Challenge.
A 6-1, guard-forward from Tempe, Arizona, Zimmerman wrapped up her illustrious collegiate career as Columbia’s all-time leader in points (1,973), rebounds (940), field goals made (728), field goals attempted (1,707), free throw percentage (.826), games played (113) and games started (112). She owns top-five marks in blocks (100), free throws made (443) and free throws attempted (536), while ranking inside the top-10 in assists (255). Among Ivy League legends, she is fourth in total points and sits top-10 in scoring average (17.5), field goals, attempts and free throws.
Zimmerman becomes the first player in program history to earn multiple All-Ivy League First Team honors in a career. She is a three-time All-Ivy selection, earning second-team honors as a sophomore. Zimmerman’s career also includes 10 Ivy League Player of the Week selections, tying for the most in program history with Judie Lomax ‘10BC. Zimmerman is the ninth Ivy to earn 10-plus selections in a career.
Princeton sophomore Bella Alarie was voted Ivy League Player of the Year, averaging 11.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and a league-best 2.7 blocks for regular-season champion Princeton. Her head coach, Courtney Banghart, was voted Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, Yale senior Tamara Simpson was named Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 4.1 steals. Penn freshman Eleah Parker led all league rookies in scoring (11.8) and rebounding (8.0) on her way to being named Rookie of the Year.
2017-18 IVY LEAGUE POSTSEASON HONORS & AWARDS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bella Alarie, Princeton (So., G/F – Bethesda, Md.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Eleah Parker, Penn (Fr., C – Charlotte, N.C.)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tamara Simpson, Yale (Sr., G – North Babylon, N.Y.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Courtney Banghart, Princeton
Bella Alarie, Princeton (So. – Bethesda, Md.)
*Katie Benzan, Harvard (So. – Wellesley, Mass.)
Jen Berkowitz, Yale (Sr. – Wayland, Mass.)
Michelle Nowkedi, Penn (Sr. – Missouri City, Texas)
Leslie Robinson, Princeton (Sr. – Corvallis, Ore.)
Camille Zimmerman, Columbia (Sr. – Tempe, Ariz.)
Jeannie Boehm, Harvard (So. – Winnetka, Ill.)
Kate Letkewicz, Dartmouth (Sr. – Waterloo, Iowa)
Shayna Mehta, Brown (Jr. – San Francisco)
Eleah Parker, Penn (Fr. – Charlotte, N.C.)
Taylor Rooks, Harvard (Sr. – Warren, N.J.)
Anna Ross, Penn (Sr. – Syracuse, N.Y.)
Tamara Simpson, Yale (Sr. – North Babylon, N.Y.)
Justine Gaziano, Brown (So. – Natick, Mass.)
Roxy Barahman, Yale (So. – Calabasas, Calif.)
^-first team expanded due to ties in the voting
#-second team expanded due to ties in the voting