|Score by Quarter|
|Points||Camille Zimmerman (29)||Bella Alarie (18)|
|Rebounds||Camille Zimmerman (10)||Bella Alarie (13)|
|Assists||Janiya Clemmons (2)||Carlie Littlefield (4)|
||Carlie Littlefield (3)
Bella Alarie (3)
||Bella Alarie (1)
Kenya Holland (1)
PRINCETON, N.J.— Senior Camille Zimmerman scored a season-high 29 points, but the Columbia women’s basketball team couldn’t provide enough support and was defeated by Princeton, 69-47, Friday night at Jadwin Gymnasium. The game was Columbia’s first of the Ivy League season.
Zimmerman was terrific. The Katrina McClain Award candidate shot 9-of-15 from the field and added 10 rebounds for her 30th career double-double. She added 11 points on 13 attempts at the charity stripe, including three and-1 opportunities, and also came up with two blocks. The senior marked her 10th 20-point outing of the season.
Columbia (6-10, 0-1 Ivy) struggled elsewhere. Only three Lions found the scoring column, as sophomore Janiya Clemmons and first-year Riley Casey scored nine points apiece. Columbia shot 31.3 percent from the field, including 14.3 percent (2-14) from beyond the arc.
Princeton (12-4, 2-0 Ivy) was limited to less than 40-percent shooting, but outrebounded Columbia 51-28 to create 22 extra shot opportunities. Sophomore Bella Alarie recorded her eighth double-double of the season to keep pace with Zimmerman, scoring a team-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. Abby Meyers and Gabrielle Rush each scored 11 off the bench, while freshman guard Carlie Littlefield got into double figures with 10. Littlefield led the game with four assists.
The Tigers scored the first eight points of the game and held Columbia to just six points through the entire first quarter. Zimmerman put the Lions on the board at the 5:37 mark after they had turned it over three times and missed their first five shot attempts. Princeton went up 15-2 off a 3-pointer by Rush and led 18-6 at the end of the period. Zimmerman scored all six points for Columbia.
Casey got hot with Columbia’s first seven points of the second quarter, which included a pair of triples. Her second cut Princeton’s lead back to 14, but the Tigers scored the next five points to take their largest lead of the half, 32-13. The Lions once again chopped that down to 14 with five straight points from Zimmerman, but Princeton scored twice in the final 24 seconds to take a 37-19 advantage into the locker rooms.
Columbia put together its best 10 minutes in the third quarter, outscoring Princeton 19-18. The Tigers had taken a 25-point lead, but Columbia used an 8-0 run over the final two minutes to make things interesting. Zimmerman scored a dozen in the period, while Clemmons chimed in with five.
The Lions the margin down to as little as 15 late in the fourth, but Princeton scored nine of the final 11 points to put all doubt to rest.
Columbia turns around to play defending league champion Penn on Saturday. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Palestra.
- Camille Zimmerman passed Christine Clark (Harvard, 2010-14) for 12th on the Ivy League’s all-time scoring list. Zimmerman now has 1,737 career points.
- Zimmerman passed Shawnee Pickney (1997-01) for third all-time in rebounds at Columbia. She now has 787 career rebounds.
- Zimmerman recorded her 30th career double-double. She leads the Ivy League alongside Princeton’s Bella Alarie with eight this season.
- Columbia fell to 9-23 all-time in Ivy League openers. The program became part of the Ivy League in 1986-87.