Teams: Women's Basketball: Press
Monday, March 8, 2010
DESPITE TUFTS LOSS, HART IS CHOSEN AS
NESCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hart made eight of her 10 three-point attempts at Kean on
-- Despite the Tufts University women's basketball team's loss in
the second round of the NCAA Tournament, junior guard Colleen
Hart's (Needham, MA) outstanding performance during the regional
round has been recognized by the New England Small College Athletic
Conference (NESCAC). Hart earned her third NESCAC Player of the Week
honor of the 2009-10 season.
With the Jumbos playing at the Kean, New Jersey Regional, Hart
scored 26 points in an opening round win against Muhlenberg on
Friday night. She topped that with 28 points in a loss to the host
Cougars in the second round on Saturday night. She knocked down
eight of 10 three-point attempts against Kean, helping the Jumbos
stick with the #2 team in the country for three-quarters of the
Playing 78 out of a possible 80 minutes in the two games, Hart shot
11 for 17 (64.7 percent) from three-point territory overall. She was
19 for 37 (51.3 percent) from the floor in total, made five of six
free throws, and added averages of 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and
2.0 steals per game.
Against Muhlenberg, a 71-59 victory, Hart had 14 points (five for
eight FGs) in the second half as the Jumbos put the Mules away. When
Muhlenberg pulled to within 50-45 with 11 minutes remaining in the
second half, Hart scored consecutive baskets to push the Jumbo
advantage to 54-45 at 9:46. The win marked the third straight year
that Tufts opened NCAA Tournament play with a victory. With her 13
points leading the way in the first half against Kean, Tufts trailed
just 29-28 at the half. She was a perfect five for five on
three-pointers in the second half, but a talented Kean team pulled
away for a 75-56 win.
With the strong finish to the 2009-10 season, Hart's 468 points
scored this year is the second-best total in team history. Her 17.3
points per game average leads the conference for games played
through March 6. She finished the season with 83 three-pointers,
improving her career total to 192, both marks which obliterate
previous Tufts records of 57 for a season and 139 for a career.
Named All-NESCAC First Team for the second straight season recently,
Hart previously earned Conference Player of the Week honors on
November 23 and December 13. This is the fifth weekly honor of the
season for Coach Carla Berube's team, including two won by senior
forward Julia Baily (Farmington, CT). Hart was selected this
week's recipient despite three other NESCAC teams advancing to the
NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16."
Hart is sixth on the Tufts all-time scoring list with 1,134 points
and a season remaining.