|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Caitlyn Kroll (23)||Camille Zimmerman (25)|
|Rebounds||Ace Harrison (7)||Camille Zimmerman (9)|
||Ace Harrison (4)
||Camille Zimmerman (6)
Paige Tippet (6)
|Steals||Caitlyn Kroll (3)||Three tied (1)|
|Blocks||Ace Harrison (3)||Madison Pack (2)|
NEW YORK — The Columbia women’s basketball team recorded season-highs in points, field goal percentage, 3-point field goals, 3-point field goal percentage and assists on its way to a 94-81 victory over Saint Francis University Wednesday night at Levien Gymnasium. The win was Columbia’s third straight to improve to .500 (5-5) on the campaign.
Columbia’s 94 points were its most against a Div. I opponent in nearly 27 years, when it defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 95-81, on December 29, 1990. The last time the Lions put up at least 90 against a Div. I opponent came in January of 2009, defeating Longwood on the road, 93-83.
The Lions were lights out shooting the ball, connecting on 11 of 19 3-point attempts (57.9 pct.) and finishing the game at 54.2 percent (32-59) from the field. Columbia assisted 23 of its 32 made baskets, penetrating the Saint Francis defense with multiple back-door cuts throughout the evening.
Six Lions reached double figures in the scoring column, led by a game-high 25-point, nine-rebound and six-assist performance by senior Camille Zimmerman. The contest marked Zimmerman’s sixth 20-point performance of the season. Supporting Zimmerman was fellow senior captain Paige Tippet, who scored a career-high 14 points, hit a career-high four 3-pointers and dished out a career-high six assists. Sophomore Janiya Clemmons scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed six rebounds, while first-year Riley Casey added 12 points, first-year Madison Pack scored 11 points and sophomore Maya Sampleton tied her career-high with 10.
Saint Francis (3-5) was led by Caitlyn Kroll, who scored 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Jessica Kovatch, the reigning NEC Player of the Week, added 18 points for the Red Flash.
Columbia led by just five at halftime but came out firing in the third quarter, scoring 12 of the first 14 points to build a commanding 15-point lead. Zimmerman started the scoring with a jumper, followed by a Clemmons jumper and then back-to-back 3-pointers from Tippet. A Zimmerman layup gave the Lions a 53-38 advantage at the 7:38 mark.
Columbia extended its lead to as many as 20 points, 73-53, on a Lee layup with 8:29 left in the final quarter. Saint Francis used three consecutive 3-pointers and two Kroll free throws cut the margin down to eight points, 89-81, with 38 seconds to play, but the Lions hit five free throws in the closing minutes to secure the win.
Columbia led 41-36 at halftime after it built an eight-point lead by outscoring Saint Francis 7-2 over a three-minute second quarter span. Zimmerman sparked the Lions’ first-half effort as she scored 16 points and converted all eight of her free throw attempts.
Columbia is back in action when it hosts Buffalo on Saturday. Tipoff is at 1 p.m.
- Columbia’s 94 points were its most against a Div. I opponent since defeating St. Francis Brooklyn, 95-81, on December 29, 1990. The Lions scored 102 against Central Penn (USCAA) in 2015.
- Columbia’s last 90-point regulation game against a Div. I opponent came on January 7, 2009, when beat Longwood, 93-83, on the road.
- Columbia’s 54.2-percent mark from the field was its highest since Feb. 28, 2014, when it shot 54.7 percent against Dartmouth.
- Columbia shot 57.9 percent from 3-point range (11-19) to mark its highest with at least 10 makes since shooting 60.0 percent (12-20) on Feb. 26, 2010 against Penn.
- Columbia’s 23 assists were its most since going for 26 against Central Penn (USCAA) on Jan. 3, 2016
- Columbia improved to 3-0 all-time against Saint Francis, scoring an average of 86.7 points per contest.