NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s basketball team welcomes Boston College for the 10th annual Education Day game Wednesday morning at Levien Gymnasium. Tip is set for 11 a.m. The game will air on SportsNet NY (SNY) with video and audio simulcasts available on the Ivy League Network (online video blacked out in the five boroughs).
• Columbia has partnered with the New York City Department of Education for the 10th consecutive year to invite more than 2,000 elementary school students representing 19 New York City institutions to Columbia.
• The Lions will play an ACC team for just the third time in program history on Wednesday. The two other games both came against NC State in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Columbia nearly defeated the Wolfpack on Jan. 4, 2010 at Reynolds Coliseum, coming up just shy, 60-58. Future Columbia Hall of Famer Judie Lomax '10BC scored 16 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Kathleen Barry put up a last-second 3-point attempt that was blocked. Columbia last hosted an ACC school on Dec. 22, 2008, falling to NC State, 78-58, at Levien Gymnasium.
• Columbia spent the Thanksgiving Weekend at the 2017 Cancun Challenge, where it faced Green Bay, No. 7/3 Mississippi State and No. 24 Arizona State. The Lions faced single-digit second-half deficits against Miss. St. and Arizona St., but the nationally-ranked opponents pulled away in the second half. Senior Camille Zimmerman was named to the Cancun Challenge - Mayan Division All-Tournament Team. Zimmerman averaged 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds against three of the nation's best programs, including a 26-point, 12-rebound effort against reigning national finalist Mississippi State.
• Zimmerman became the 29th player in Ivy League women's basketball history to score 1,500 career points with a 10-point effort on Nov. 23 against Green Bay. She now has 1,558 career points. • Junior Josie Little returned to Columbia's lineup at the Cancun Challenge and started all three games. Little suffered a season-ending injury last January at NJIT and had not played in over 10 months. She scored nine points with five rebounds and two blocks in her return against Green Bay (Nov. 23).
• Senior Camille Zimmerman has scored in double figures in 34 consecutive games.
• Columbia scored 70 points in each of its first four games for the first time in program history. The streak came to an end at the Cancun Challenge, where the Lions averaged 48.3 points against three of the nation's top women's basketball programs.
• Green Bay, Mississippi State and Arizona State all outshot Columbia during the Cancun Challenge, marking the first three times this season the Lions had a lower shooting percentage than their opponent.
• Columbia has been outrebounded in each of its first seven games and holds a -6.6 rebounding margin. Last season, the Lions ranked 12th in the country in rebound margin (+8.8).
ZIMMERMAN ECLIPSES 1,500
• Senior Camille Zimmerman became the 29th player in Ivy League women's basketball history to score 1,500 career points with a 10-point effort on Thanksgiving Day against Green Bay (Nov. 23). Already Columbia's all-time leading scorer, Zimmerman now has 1,558 career points, which ranks 26th in the Ivy League record books. Her career scoring average of 17.1 points per game ranks among the conference's top 10 all-time.
A CHALLENGE IN CANCUN
• Columbia played three games in three days over the Thanksgiving Weekend at the 2017 Cancun Challenge (Nov. 23-25). The Lions went up against the nation's No. 1 scoring defense, Green Bay, a reigning national finalist in then-No. 7/3 Mississippi State, and then-No. 24 Arizona State. Columbia did not come away with a victory, but hung around into the second half against both Mississippi State and Arizona State. Columbia hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and was holding Mississippi State to just 38-percent shooting to trail by just eight points, 37-29, at halftime. The Bulldogs hit nine consecutive shot attempts in the second half to eventually pull away, 90-54. The Lions were in a seven-point game against Arizona State midway through the third period before the Sun Devils pulled away, 72-48, in the fourth quarter.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
• Senior Camille Zimmerman eclipsed 1,500 career points, broke the program's career record for field goals made and cracked the top-five in career rebounds during the Cancun Challenge (Nov. 23-25). She is the 29th player in Ivy League women's basketball history to reach 1,500 points and currently ranks 26th on the list with 1,558. Zimmerman now has 578 career field goals, passing Columbia Hall of Famer Kathy Gilbert '91CC, who held the record of 573 for more than 25 years. Zimmerman passed another Hall of Famer, Nora Beck '83SOA, for one of the top-five spots in career rebounds with her 12-rebound performance against Mississippi State. The senior guard-forward now has 705 career rebounds.
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.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
• Boston College (3-3) is coming off a narrow four-point loss to rival Boston University on Sunday. BU went on an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to take a commanding 59-40 lead with 4:41 to play. The Eagles nearly came all the way back, scoring the next 11 points and pulling within three after Milan Bolden-Morris connected from deep to make it 60-57 with eight seconds remaining. BC ran out of time, as the Terriers hit 1 of 2 free throws to put the game away. Each of Boston College's last four games have been decided by 10 points or less, including a five-point victory over Houston and a three-point victory over Fordham. Bolden-Morris averages a team-best 13.7 points per game, shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 37 percent (17-46) from 3-point range. Georgia Pineau is the team's leading rebounder at 10.0 per contest, playing in four of the team's six games. Boston College played Dartmouth on Nov. 12 and lost to the Big Green, 68-57, in Hanover, N.H.