BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Columbia women’s basketball team heads 300 miles north to make its first visit to Vermont since 2012. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Patrick Gymnasium. The game will stream live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
• The Lions are coming off of a 77-70 road loss at UMass Lowell on Wednesday. The River Hawks shot 50 percent (8-16) from long range and outrebounded the Lions 50-39, marking the first time Columbia has allowed 50 rebounds in its last 49 games. After trailing by nine in the fourth quarter, Columbia tied the game at 70 with 1:40 remaining, but UMass Lowell scored the final seven points to earn the victory.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman is the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week. She averaged 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steal through the first two games, shooting 65.2% (15-23) from the field and 88.2% (15-17) from the foul line. Zimmerman broke Columbia's all-time scoring record in the process, passing Hall of Famer Ula Lysniak, who held the mark for more than 30 years with 1,447 career points.
• First-year Riley Casey has scored in double figures in each of her first three collegiate games. The rookie guard is the first Lion to accomplish the feat since current senior Camille Zimmerman did so in her first four games in 2014. Casey leads the team in assists and minutes played, averaging 3.3 assists and 36.0 minutes per contest.
• Columbia's offense is on the rise, scoring at least 70 points in all three games and shooting over 45 percent from the field. Last season, the Lions averaged 64.1 points and shot 38.9 percent. The team's rebounding has gone the opposite direction, entering Sunday with a -7.7 margin after finishing 2016-17 ranked 12th in the NCAA at +8.8.
• Junior Abby Lee tied a career-high in rebounds (7) vs. Richmond and played a career-high 31 minutes against Providence. She is averaging 9.0 points and 6.7 rebounds after averaging 3.2 points and 1.7 boards last season.
• Columbia shot 53.1 percent against the Friars to mark its best shooting percentage since February of 2014.
• First-years Riley Casey, Madison Pack, Andrea McCormick and Imani Whittington have all scored their first collegiate points. Casey is averaging double figures in points (12.7) while Pack has 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds off the bench.
• Senior Paige Tippet had career-highs of five rebounds, three steals and 32 minutes at UMass Lowell.
• Sophomore Janiya Clemmons tied a career-high with eight points at Providence (3-3 FG).
• Sophomore Stephanie Flynn scored a career-high five points and had her first two steals against Richmond.
• Columbia has been outrebounded in each of its first three games after ranking 12th in the country last season in rebound margin (+8.8).
ZIMMERMAN BECOMES ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER
• Senior Camille Zimmerman passed Hall of Famer Ula Lysniak '87BC as Columbia's all-time leading scorer last Sunday against Richmond. Heading into the season, Zimmerman was just 40 points away from the record. She scored a game-high 25 in the season-opening victory at Providence, positioning herself just 15 points away heading into Sunday's home opener. Zimmerman's record-breaking points came at the free throw line with 6:55 remaining. She now has 1,471 career points. Last season, Zimmerman broke Columbia's single-season marks in total points (608) and points per game (22.5), which were records that had stood since the 1980s. Should Zimmerman repeat her scoring performance from last season, she would become the fourth player in Ivy League women's basketball history to eclipse 2,000 career points.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
• With 17 points and 10 rebounds at UMass Lowell, senior Camille Zimmerman passed Tori Oliver (2013-17) for sixth on Columbia's career rebounding list. She now has 670 career rebounds and is 20 away from Nora Beck (1979-83) for a spot in the top five. Zimmerman also moved up the Ivy League's career scoring list, entering the top 30 by passing Brogan Berry (2008-12, Harvard). Zimmerman now has 1,471 career points.
BACK-TO-BACK BIG EAST WINS
• Columbia defeated Providence, 73-64, in the season opener to earn its second consecutive victory against an opponent from the BIG EAST. Camille Zimmerman scored a game-high 25 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, to lead the Lions to victory. First-year Riley Casey had a big collegiate debut, earning the start and scoring 14 points on 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. Columbia outscored Providence 14-5 over the final five minutes after the game was tied at 59. Last season, the Lions earned their first win in program history against the conference when they downed the Friars, 66-64, in overtime in New York. Prior to last season, Columbia was 0-8 in eight tries against the BIG EAST.
ZIMMERMAN NAMED TO KATRINA MCCLAIN WATCH LIST
• Senior Camille Zimmerman was named to the 2018 Katrina McClain Award watch list on Thursday, recognizing the top power forward in all of women's college basketball. The award is presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Zimmerman is one of 20 players nationwide to land on the 2018 Katrina McClain Award watch list. The selection committee for the Katrina McClain Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. McClain-Pittman and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
• Columbia will face five NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Three of those games come at the Cancun Challenge (Nov. 23-25), where Columbia will meet up with Green Bay, Arizona State and defending national runner-up Mississippi State. A trip to 2017 MEAC winner Hampton (Jan. 3) represents the fourth NCAA Tournament team. The Lions will also go up against Ivy League winner Penn twice during the conference season (Jan. 13, Feb. 16).
HEADING TO CANCUN
• Columbia will participate in the 2017 Cancun Challenge, Nov. 23-25, at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The 13th edition of the women’s event includes 10 teams split up into two divisions. The Mayan Division consists of Columbia, Arizona State, Green Bay and Mississippi State, which broke UConn’s 111-game winning streak in March at the Final Four. The Riviera Division includes Indiana State, Marquette, Montana, Oklahoma State, South Dakota and Tennessee. Six of the teams (Arizona State, Green Bay, Marquette, Mississippi State, South Dakota, Tennessee) had 20 or more victories in the 2016-17 season.
• Vermont (2-2) has won two straight after opening the season with losses at Dartmouth (66-56) and nationally ranked Miami (73-49). The Catamounts hosted NCAA Div. III Norwich on Wednesday in their home opener and thrashed the Cadets, 75-31. Two days later, Vermont earned an 88-65 victory over Howard. Sophomore Hanna Crymble leads the offense with a team-high 16.5 points per game, which includes a career-high 37 in Friday's performance against Howard. Crymble is also the team's leading rebounder through the early going, averaging 6.0 per contest. Vermont is outrebounding opponents by an average of 9.0 per game.
Vermont leads 4-1
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