Teams: Women's Basketball: Press
Monday, December 13, 2009
SURE-SHOOTER COLLEEN HART TAKES
SECOND NESCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
|Junior Colleen Hart has won two of the four
NESCAC Player of the Week awards this year
-- How hot is junior guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) of the
Tufts University women's basketball team? She entered last week
shooting a sizzling 51.2 percent from three-point territory (22/43)
and she improved upon that mark in three games. Her 11 for 19
success (61.1 percent) on threes was only part of a performance that
earned Hart her second New England Small College Athletic Conference
(NESCAC) Player of the Week honor.
Hart, who shares this week's conference honor with Lauren Yanofsky
from Bates, averaged 21 points per game in Tufts wins against
Wheaton College, Maine Maritime Academy, and Regis College. With the
last two victories, Tufts captured the Park Lodge Tournament title,
and Hart was named the Most Valuable Player. For the week overall,
Hart also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game
while shooting 58.5 percent (24/41) overall.
In the game against Maine Maritime, Hart became the Tufts program's
all-time leader in three-pointers. Her trifecta with 3:22 remaining
in the second half was the 140th of her career, moving her past
Valerie Krah on the Jumbo list. Krah had 139 three-pointers from
2003-07. Hart added two more in the tournament final against Regis
on Sunday, and is now 142 for 358 (.397) on threes in 66 career
Hart topped 20 points in all three games last week. At Wheaton on
Monday, she was good on nine of 16 field goal attempts, including
four for seven on threes to finish with 22 points along with five
rebounds. In the tournament opener against Maine Maritime on
Saturday night, Hart scored on five of six three-point attempts and
was eight for 12 overall from the floor (21 points) while adding
four's in rebounds, assists, and steals. She finished the week with
20 points against Regis.
For the season, Hart leads NESCAC in scoring with 19.0 points per
game. Her .541 three-point percentage (33/61) is fourth in the
league, though her 33 makes lead the league and are far more than
anyone else ranked in the percentage top 10. She's also among
NESCAC's top 10 for field goal percentage (tied for eighth), steals,
and assists (tied for ninth in both).
Hart earned the first conference Player of the Week award of the
2009-10 season on November 23. Tufts has now had a player honored in
three of the four weeks this season.
The Jumbos, winner of eight in a row following a season-opening
loss, are off for the next two weeks during exams and the holidays.
Coach Carla Berube's team returns to action on December 28 when they
play Allegheny at the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona, Florida.