NEW YORK – Columbia and Hofstra face off in women’s basketball for the first time since 2003 Monday night at Levien Gymnasium. The game will be televised on SportsNet NY (SNY) with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. An online video simulcast will be available on the Ivy League Network.
• Columbia hopes to bounce back from Saturday, when it lost at the buzzer, 65-63, against Buffalo. The Bulls in-bounded the ball from the Columbia baseline with 1.2 seconds remaining and Brittany Morrison came free under the basket to lay in the game-winning shot as time expired. Columbia led the game for nearly 30 minutes, but Buffalo went on a 9-0 fourth-quarter run to take its first lead of the half. The Lions scored four straight down the stretch and leveled the score on a Janiya Clemmons jumper with 1:00 to go, but were unable to score on their last offensive possession and left enough time for Buffalo to steal it at the buzzer. Senior Camille Zimmerman led all players with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Riley Casey scored a career-high 18 points and dished out a career-high five assists.
• Prior to Saturday’s defeat, Columbia had won three straight games, defeating Boston College, UMBC and Saint Francis (PA). Through the winning streak, the Lions averaged 74 points, shot 47 percent from the field, outscored opponents by more than 12 points and outrebounded opponents by more than 11 per game. Buffalo outrebounded the Lions by 12 to snap the winning streak. Columbia has not lost a game this season when outrebounding its opponent.
• Columbia had its best offensive game in recent memory on Wednesday, hitting season-highs in points (94), field goal percentage (54.2 pct.), 3-point percentage (57.9 pct.), 3-pointers made (11-19) and assists (23) to defeat Saint Francis (PA), 94-81. Six Lions scored in double figures, led by senior Camille Zimmerman's game-high 25 points, game-high nine rebounds and game-high six assists. Columbia's 94 points were its most against a Div. I opponent since December of 1990, when the Lions defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 95-81.
• Three Lions hit career-highs in scoring against Saint Francis. Sophomore Janiya Clemmons shot 5 of 8 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line on her way to a career-high 15 points. Clemmons also tied her career-best of four assists. Senior Paige Tippet connected on 4 of 5 attempts from 3-point range to score a career-high 14 points, also tallying a career-high six assists. Sophomore Maya Sampleton posted career-highs in points (10) and rebounds (7), shooting 4 for 8 in the contest, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc.
• Senior Camille Zimmerman has scored in double figures in 38 consecutive games. She has led Columbia in scoring in all 11 games this season. She ranks among the top-five in the NCAA in total points (229), whie ranking among the top-10 in field goals made (83), free throws made (58) and minutes played (378:00). Zimmerman is 25th in the NCAA in points per game (20.8) and also averages 8.5 rebounds.
• Columbia climbed to 17th in the NCAA in free throw percentage following Saturday’s 10-for-11 showing at the charity stripe. The Lions are connecting at 77.4 percent on the season. Senior Camille Zimmerman, first-year Riley Casey and first-year Madison Pack are all hitting at above 85 percent. Junior Abby Lee hasn't missed this season and is a perfect 6 for 6.
• Sophomore Janiya Clemmons is averaging 8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 26.5 minutes over her last four games. She scored a career-high 15 points on Wednesday against Saint Francis.
• Riley Casey increased her scoring average to 10.2 points per game on the season following Saturday’s career-high 18 points against Buffalo. The rookie is averaging 13.0 points and shooting 54.3 percent over her last four games.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Columbia scored 94 points on Wednesday against Saint Francis, its highest point total against an NCAA Div. I opponent since Dec. 29, 1990 when it defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 95-81.
• Columbia's last 90-point game (vs. Div. I) was a 93-83 win at Longwood on Jan. 7, 2009.
• Camille Zimmerman made her 94th career start on Saturday to pass Danielle Brown (2006-10) for sole possession of sixth on Columbia's all-time list.
• Columbia shot 57.9 percent from 3-point range (11-19) in Wednesday's win over SFU, marking its highest 3-point field goal percentage (min. 10 made) since Feb. 26, 2010, when the Lions shot 60.0 percent (12-60) against Penn.
• Columbia's 3-point field goal percentage from Wednesday is one of the Top 25 percentages in NCAA Div. I women's basketball this season (min. 10 made).
• Columbia shot 54.2 percent from the field (32-59) Wednesday against Saint Francis, marking its highest shooting percentage since Feb. 28, 2014, when the Lions shot 54.7 percent (29-53) against Dartmouth.
• Wednesday's shooting percentage is the third-highest by Columbia over its last 10 seasons.
• Camille Zimmerman has scored in double figures in 38 consecutive games. The streak began with a 22-point performance in the 2016-17 season opener against UMBC (Nov. 11).
• Zimmerman's scored 28 points on Wednesday to record her 38th career 20-point game.
• Columbia had 23 assists on 32 made baskets in Wednesday's victory, marking its most assists against a Div. I opponent since Feb. 20, 2009 against Brown (23).
• Columbia has tallied 20 or more assists in a game just seven times over the last 10 seasons.
• 6 Lions scored in double figures on Wednesday - Camille Zimmerman (25), Janiya Clemmons (15), Paige Tippet (14), Riley Casey (12), Madison Pack (11) and Maya Sampleton (10).
• The last time Columbia put 6 in double figures was Dec. 28, 2013 in an 87-80 win over Lehigh, which was also played at Levien Gym.
• 3 Lions scored career-highs on Wednesday. Sophomore Janiya Clemmons had 15 points, senior Paige Tippet at 14 points and sophomore Maya Sampleton tied her career-high with 10.
• Hofstra (5-4) as won three of its last four games, all of which came away from home, including a 69-66 victory over Wake Forest in Las Vegas and a double-overtime victory over Sacred Heart. Siena beat the Pride by 10 last Monday in Long Island, but Hofstra bounced back to throttle Iona by 25 last Thursday in New Rochelle. They lead the CAA in 3-point defense (28.9 pct.) and rank among the CAA’s top three in field goal defense (38.4 pct.), scoring defense (64.3) and turnovers per game (15.7). The Pride have four players averaging double figures and are led by senior forward Ashunae Durant’s 13.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Aleana Leon (10.6), senior guard Olivia Askin (10.4) and sophomore guard E’Lexus Davis (10.3) round out the quarter of double-figure scorers. Davis is averaging a team-best 4.3 assists per contest.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
• First-year Riley Casey was tabbed Ivy League Rookie of the Week last Monday. Casey, a first-year guard out of Brentwood, Tennessee, averaged 11.0 points and shot 57.1 percent from the field (8-14) to help the Lions to a 2-0 week. She hit double figures in both games, including a 12-point performance on 5 of 9 shooting in Wednesday’s 68-60 victory over Boston College. The win marked Columbia’s first in program history over an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Casey followed up with 10 points in a 60-44 victory on Sunday at UMBC, hitting 3 of 5 attempts from the field all three of her free throws. The 5-8 rookie scored seven points in the first quarter, including a 4-point play, to help Columbia jump ahead by double digits. Casey is Columbia’s second-leading scorer at 9.4 points per game and leads all Lions in 3-pointers made (16). She has started all 10 games and reached double figures in seven.
TAKING DOWN THE POWER CONFERENCES
• Columbia is 3-2 in its last five games against power-conference opponents, including 2-2 this season. The Lions opened the year by defeating Providence on the road, 73-64, marking their second-straight victory over the Friars. Last season, Columbia took down Providence in overtime in New York to mark its first win in program history against a BIG EAST opponent. The Lions earned their first ACC win in program history this season when they defeated Boston College, 68-60, in front of a record 2,372 fans on Education Day. Columbia also took on then-No. 7/3 Mississippi State (SEC) and then-No. 24 Arizona State (Pac-12) at the Cancun Challenge.
• First-years Riley Casey and Madison Pack have worked their way into Columbia's starting lineup and are among the team leaders in scoring. Casey, a 5-8 guard, has started all 11 games and is second on the team in scoring with an average of 10.2 points. Pack, a 6-3 post player, has started each of the last seven games, is third on the team in scoring (6.7) and averages 4.7 rebounds. Rookies Andrea McCormick and Imani Whittington have also seen significant playing time. Whittington has played in 10 of 11 games and started one, while McCormick has also appeared in all but one contest.
ADDING TO HER RECORD
• 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 1,637 career points, which ranks 20th in the Ivy League record books. Her career scoring average of 17.2 points per game ranks among the conference's top 10 all-time.