PRINCETON, N.J. — Columbia senior Camille Zimmerman was named Ivy League women’s basketball Player of the Week on Monday. The selection is the eighth of her career.
Zimmerman averaged 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steal through the first two games of the season. The senior shot over 65 percent from the field (15-23) and connected on 15 of her 17 free throws. The highlight of her week came on Sunday, when she passed Hall of Famer Ula Lysniak ‘87BC as Columbia’s all-time leading scorer. Zimmerman, a 6-1 guard-forward, came into the game 15 points away and scored her record-breaking 1,448th career point as part of a 21-point, 11-rebound effort against Richmond.
Zimmerman also led the Lions to a thrilling season-opening win on Friday over Providence. The Tempe Preparatory Academy product scored a game-high 25 points on 9 of 12 shooting in the 73-64 road victory. She played the final 15 minutes of that game with four fouls and helped the Lions improve to 2-0 all-time against the Friars with seven fourth-quarter points.
Dating back to last season, Zimmerman has now scored in double figures in 29 straight games. The 2016-17 unanimous First Team All-Ivy League selection has scored 20 points in 13 of her last 14 outings.
Last week, Zimmerman was named a finalist for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award, recognizing the best power forward in all of NCAA Div. I women’s college basketball. The award is presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Additonally, Columbia first-year Riley Casey was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll. Casey averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds through her first two collegiate games. She came up big for the Lions in her collegiate debut, hitting 4 of 6 from 3-point range and finishing with 14 points in the victory over Providence.
Columbia (1-1) and Camille Zimmerman travel to UMass Lowell for their next game. Tip is slated for 5 p.m. Wednesday from the Costello Athletic Center.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Camille Zimmerman, Columbia (Sr., G/F - Tempe, Ariz.)
25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 75.0 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 85.7 FT% at Providence
21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 54.6 FG%, 90.0 FT% vs. Richmond
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Carlie Littlefield, Princeton (Fr., G - Waukee, Iowa)
14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 66.7 FG%, 85.7 FT% vs. GW
Justine Gaziano, Brown (So., G – Natick, Mass.)
23 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 40.0 FG%, 91.0 FT% vs. Bryant
Cy Lippold, Dartmouth (Jr., G – East Stroudsburg, Pa.)
20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals, 58.3 FG%, 75.0 3FG%, 75.0 FT% vs. Vermont
16 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 1 steal, 55.6 FG%, 100.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Boston College
Riley Casey, Columbia (Fr., G – Brentwood, Tenn.)
14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 62.5 FG%, 66.7 3FG% at Providence
12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 100.0 FT% vs. Richmond
Taylor Rooks, Harvard (Sr., G – Warren, N.J.)
13 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 42.0 FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. Dayton
6 points, 7 rebounds, 100.0 FT% at Maine
Tamara Simpson, Yale (Sr., G – North Babylon, N.Y.)
21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 50.0 FG%, 87.5 FT% vs. LIU
Tia Weledji, Princeton (Sr., G – Overland Park, Kan.)
18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 58.3 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT% vs. GW
Samantha Widmann, Cornell (So., G – Lawrenceville, N.J.)
19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 58.3 FG% at Loyola (Md.)