Athlete Profile: Colleen Light

Over the past month, the Tartans’ women’s basketball team has gotten off to a great start, going undefeated in its first four games.

The first two victories came on the road when the team won the Franklin & Marshall College tournament. Since then, the team has had wins over Thiel College and Waynesburg College.

This week, The Tartan sat down with sophomore forward Colleen Light to talk about her success and the basketball team’s season.

Tartan: How old were you when you started playing basketball?
Light: I was about five or six. My parents signed me up for a youth recreational league one day and I just fell in love with it.

T: Did you always plan on playing basketball in college?
L: Yeah, pretty much. It was something I wanted to do, and then coming to Carnegie Mellon gave me a good balance of academics and basketball.

T: How do you handle Carnegie Mellon’s academic load and basketball?
L: It’s really just time management. It gets a little crazy sometimes, but pretty much just focusing on what needs to get done and managing time well.

T: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
L: Nothing in particular, but I have to do the same things before a game, the same drills, work on the same shots, and go through all the same stretches in the same order.

T: What do you focus on during a game to stay competitive?
L: I really focus on winning, just staying in the game, and what to do to try and make sure we win. I really hate losing, so I want to do everything I can to make sure we don’t.

T: Any accomplishments you are particularly proud of?
L: I was really excited to get tournament MVP [at the Terry Greene Tip Off Classic], we all played really well, but recognition is always nice.

T: Do you have a favorite place that you and the team have gotten to travel to?
L: When we go to New York to play New York University. I’m from New Jersey, so my family comes, and it’s nice to get to see them and have them there to watch me play. Plus the city is always fun and there’s lots to do.

T: Do you have any favorite things to do here at Carnegie Mellon when you have some time to kick back and relax?
L: Pretty much just that. Kick back, relax, watch some TV, hang out with my friends, and sleep. Usually sleep. Sleep’s a big favorite.

T: Any game in particular you are looking forward to?
L: Definitely the game against New York University. We play them in New York, so that will be a nice trip, but they’re also sort of our rivals, so it’s a big game. It’ll be fun and pretty competitive.

T: Are you brave enough to make any predictions for the women’s basketball season?
L: I’d like to, and I think I could, but I don’t want to say them aloud and jinx it.

T: Okay, how about goals for the season?
L: Definitely a winning season, playing good games, and having a solid finish to the season.