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Monday, February 1, 2010


Junior Colleen Hart is the second-fastest player to reach 1,000 points in Tufts history

MEDFORD -- With two free throws in the last minute of the game at Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon, Tufts University women's basketball junior Colleen Hart (Needham, MA/Needham) became the ninth player in the team's 38-year history to score 1,000 points in her career.

Hart is the first Jumbo to reach 1,000 points since Jessica Powers (2002-06) did so in December 2005. Hart is just the second Tufts player to accomplish the milestone during her junior season. Emily Goodman was the first during the 2001-02 campaign.

In her first season with the Jumbos, Hart scored 341 points in 2007-08 and was selected New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year. She added 325 points as a sophomore last year, when she was named to the All-NESCAC First Team. This season, she leads the conference in scoring with 335 points. With 1,001 career points in 77 games, she's averaging an even 13.0 points per game for the Jumbos.

The all-time leader in three-pointers at Tufts with 167 and counting, Hart also set the single-season mark for three-pointers with her 58th at Wesleyan on Friday night. She leads the conference by 16 in that category. Hart is hitting her threes at a very successful .457 rate (58/127) this season. She is also the best free throw shooter in team history, making 134 of 164 career attempts for a .817 percentage.

Under Coach Carla Berube, Tufts has a remarkable 66-11 record during Hart's three seasons with the team. During this time, the Jumbos made the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in team history and twice have put together school-record 12-game winning streaks. Tufts is currently 18-2 overall and ranked #10 in the national poll.

Hart was the Northeast Rookie of the Year in 2008, was an All-Northeast Region selection by last year, and was among the website's Preseason All-Americans this year. She is a two-time NESCAC Player of the Week this season, and currently leads the NESCAC in minutes played as well, averaging 34.55 per game.