|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Micaela Parson (23)||Camille Zimmerman (21)|
|Rebounds||Amy Duggan (12)||Camille Zimmerman (11)|
|Assists||Kylie Murphree (4)||Riley Casey (4)|
Kylie Murphree (3)
|Camille Zimmerman (2)
Stephanie Flynn (2)
Amy Duggan (2)
|Camille Zimmerman (3)|
NEW YORK — Senior Camille Zimmerman became the Columbia women’s basketball program’s all-time scoring leader on Sunday at Levien Gymnasium. However, the Spiders spoiled Columbia’s 2017-18 home opener, 85-79.
Zimmerman surpassed Hall of Famer Ula Lysniak ‘87BC for the program’s top scoring mark. Lysniak finished her Columbia career with 1,447 points and held the career record for more than 30 years before Zimmerman took it away on Sunday. The senior came into the game 15 points away from the record and broke it at the free throw line with 6:55 remaining. On Richmond’s ensuing possession, Zimmerman came up with back-to-back blocks as the Lions tried to mount a comeback.
Columbia (1-1) rallied form seven points down in the fourth quarter to take a 78-77 lead on two more Zimmerman free throws with 2:10 remaining. Zimmerman finished the afternoon with 21 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter, to go with 11 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists.
“It’s nice but it’s not because we didn’t get the win,” said Zimmerman in a postgame interview. “I’m honored to be a part of this program and to have played with all of the teammates that have gotten me those points over the years.
The late lead was short lived. Richmond (2-0) took it right back 10 seconds later and outscored Columbia 8-1 over the final two minutes to walk out of New York City with a victory.
Head coach Megan Griffith attributed the outcome to Columbia’s defense.
“We gave up 21 offensive boards on our home floor and turned the ball over 20 times against a zone press,” Griffith mentioned. “Our heads weren’t in it and we had some blank faces at times when we really needed answers. With a group as inexperienced in terms of game minutes as we have, we just need to play more together. Things need to matter more and there needs to be a price tag on rebounds.”
The Lions were outrebounded 47-39, including 21-13 on the offensive glass. Richmond turned that into a 16-9 advantage in second-chance points. Last season, the Lions outrebounded Richmond 54-33 to defeat the Spiders down in Virginia in their home opener.
First-years Riley Casey and Madison Pack each scored a dozen points in their first home game. Pack added six rebounds while Casey dished out a game-high four assists. All four of the first-years got in the scoring column, as Andrea McCormick finished with six and Imani Whittington added three.
For Richmond, Micaela Parson scored a game-high 23 points on 8 of 16 shooting. Parson added eight boards and was 6 of 7 at the charity stripe. Dee Hatcher scored 19 and was 9 for 9 at the foul line. Alex Parson rounded out a trio of Spiders in double figures with 14. Amy Duggan came down with a game-high 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.
The two sides played to eight ties and 14 lead changes. The Lions took a one-point lead into halftime after leading by as many as six in the second quarter. The game was tied at 60 entering the fourth quarter, where Richmond shot 8 of 18 and connected on all nine of its free throw attempts.
Columbia outshot Richmond by a final mark of 41 percent (25-61) to 38.4 percent (28-73), but the Spiders turned it over six fewer times and used their big advantage in offensive rebounds to earn the victory.
Columbia heads to UMass Lowell for its next game on Wednesday. Tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3.
- Camille Zimmerman became Columbia’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Ula Lysniak (1983-87) who held the record of 1,447 points since 1987. Zimmerman now as 1,454 points.
- Richmond evened up the all-time series 1-1. Columbia fell to 14-18 in home openers in its NCAA Div. I era.