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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Tufts leading scorer and All-Region selection Julia Baily

MEDFORD -- Junior forward Julia Baily (Farmington, CT/Miss Porter's) and sophomore point guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA/Needham) of the Tufts University women's basketball teams were voted on to the All-Northeast Region Team for the 2008-09 season. Tufts and Babson College were the only schools with two players among the 15 honored on three All-Region teams. Baily and Hart earned third team honors.

The regional Rookie of the Year last season, Hart was recognized by D3Hoops for the second straight season. She averaged 12 points per game with a team-best 53 three-pointers on 150 attempts (35.3 percent). With 115 assists (4.3 per game) and 70 turnovers in 27 games, she had an excellent 1.64 assists to turnovers ratio. She hit 34 of 41 free throws for a 82.9 percentage and led Tufts with 49 steals. She also had 4.2 rebounds per game as a 5'4" guard.

Following the graduation of All-Region first team selection Khalilah Ummah, Baily helped fill the void. She led the Jumbos in scoring and rebounding with 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She also led the team with 76 free throw attempts and shot a solid 71.1 percent from the line (54/76). Baily was also a defensive presence with 31 steals and 19 blocked shots.

Coach Carla Berube's Tufts team earned its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. They suffered a disappointing second-round loss to the College of New Jersey in a game that they led by 12 in the second half. The Lions went on to the "Final Four." Hart led Tufts with 16 points in their 80-70 first-round win at Moravian. Baily's double-double (14 and 10) paced the Jumbos in their 57-55 loss to TCNJ.

Both All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) selections in 2009, Hart and Baily return to the Jumbos next season.


2008-09 D3Hoops All-Northeast Region Teams