Colleen Hart sets the new Tufts women’s basketball total for points scored
With the swish of the ball falling through the net on a free throw, Colleen Hart, E11, became the Tufts women’s basketball all-time scorer during a game against visiting SUNY-New Paltz on December 11. Hart broke the record of 1,257 points Teresa Allen scored between 1985 and 1989.
Hart needed 17 points to tie Allen and had a game-high 21 points in leading Tufts to a 69–57 win at Cousens Gym. The team went on to win three more games, and are now 9-1 on the season.
Since Hart came to Tufts, the women’s basketball team has won more than 20 games each season and gone to three NCAA tournaments. Hart told the Boston Herald that hard work is the key to her success. “During the off season,” said Hart, who is 5 feet, 4 inches, “it’s up to each one of us to work on our game. I work on a lot of ball handling and shooting. I try to improve my range a little bit, especially being small.”
Her coach, Carla Berube, praised Hart’s work ethic and said that each year she returns to school a better player and a better leader.
An engineering major, Hart grew up in Needham, Mass., and graduated from Needham High School. She grew up playing sports with her two older brothers. She earned her 1,000th point last year against Connecticut College, becoming just the second Tufts player to reach that mark during the junior year.
The team next plays on January 14 at home against Middlebury.