|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Georgia Pineau (22)||Camille Zimmerman (14)|
|Rebounds||Emma Guy (7)||Josie Little (10)|
|Assists||Taylor Ortlepp (3)||Camille Zimmerman (7)|
|Steals||Georgia Pineau (2)||Abby Lee (2)|
|Blocks||Georgia Pineau (3)||Josie Little (2)|
NEW YORK — On a day when Camille Zimmerman was honored as Columbia’s all-time leading scorer, her teammates stepped up to lead the Lions to a 68-60 win over Boston College before a record Education Day crowd of 2,372 fans Wednesday at Levien Gymnasium. The win marked Columbia’s first in program history against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.
With Zimmerman limited due to foul trouble, first-year Riley Casey came through with two 3-pointers and scored 10 of her 12 points in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Maya Sampleton finished with a career-high 10 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the third quarter, and classmate Janiya Clemmons registered nine points and a career-high eight rebounds in the victory. Despite fouling out with two minutes left, Zimmerman led Columbia in scoring with 14 points, tied a career-high with seven assists and filled up the stat sheet with three rebounds, a block and a steal in 29 minutes of action.
Columbia outrebounded Boston College, 43-30, finished with a season-high 17 assists and hit seven 3-pointers. Junior Josie Little was a big contributor on the glass, crashing for a game-high 10 boards.
Boston College (3-4) was led by Georgia Pineau, who scored a game-high 22 points on 8 of 9 shooting, while Emma Guy contributed 11 points. The Eagles were held to just 2 of 13 (15.4 pct.) from beyond the arc and shot less than 50 percent (10-21) from the charity stripe.
The contest, which tipped off at 11 a.m., marked Columbia’s 10th consecutive Education Day. Each year, Columbia partners with the New York City Department of Education as more than 2,000 elementary school students representing 19 New York City institutions attend a Columbia women’s basketball game.
Columbia (3-5) took control of the game in the third quarter as it outscored Boston College 13-2 over a five-minute span. The run was fueled by a Clemmons jumper, a coast-to-coast layup by Sampleton, a Zimmerman jumper and a key 3-pointer by Sampleton with 3:38 to go in the quarter. After a timeout, junior Abby Lee swished a corner jumper before Zimmerman turned a Boston College turnover into two points to complete the run with the Lions in front 42-35. Another Sampleton 3-pointer pushed Columbia’s lead to 47-41 heading to the fourth quarter.
It was Casey who carried Columbia in the final period, scoring 10 points to hold off the Eagles. Boston College cut the lead to three points on a 3-point play by Pineau, but Casey answered with a triple. Minutes later, Casey converted two driving layups and Clemmons added a pull-up jumper to give Columbia a 58-50 lead with 4:07 to play. Another Casey 3-pointer down the stretch maintained the lead and junior Josie Little followed with a jumper to seal the victory.
Columbia trailed by just two points at halftime, 29-27, after a first half that saw five ties and five lead changes. Zimmerman spent nine minutes on the bench with three fouls.
Boston College used a 7-0 run to build a 21-15 lead with 7:26 left in the second quarter. The run was keyed by layups from Andie Anastos and Emma Guy and a Sydney Lowery 3-pointer, Columbia answered with a 7-0 run of its own, using a Casey layup, Abby Lee 3-pointer and Clemmons layup.
Boston College led 14-9 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter, scoring eight of the period’s final 11 points. Columbia quickly retook the lead to begin the second, 15-14, with back-to-back 3-pointers by first-years Andrea McCormick and Madison Pack.
Columbia is back in action at UMBC on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3.
- Prior to tipoff, Camille Zimmerman was recognized as the Columbia women’s basketball program’s all-time leading scorer. She broke Ula Lysniak’s record in Columbia’s home opener on Nov. 12, which had stood since 1987. Head coach Megan Griffith presented Zimmerman with a commemorative ball.
- Columbia defeated an ACC opponent for the first time in program history. Prior to Wednesday, the Lions had played just two other games against the conference, both of which came against NC State during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. Last season, the Lions defeated a BIG EAST opponent for the first time when they upended Providence in overtime.
- Wednesday marked the first time Columbia hosted an ACC opponent since Dec. 22, 2008 when NC State visited Levien Gymnasium. - Maya Sampleton scored a career-high 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting. Her four made field goals also marked a career best.
- Wednesday marked the first all-time meeting between Columbia and Boston College.