The Bristol Press – Bristol Eastern’s Collins to continue basketball career at Pace University

BRISTOL — For Bristol Eastern senior Ciara Collins, committing to playing basketball at Pace University will be a new experience for her with familiar roots.

Collins signed on Wednesday to play for the Division II school in New York and won’t be the first 1,000-point scorer from the East to switch to wearing Pace’s blue and gold uniforms as she follows in the footsteps of his former trainer, Ginny Torreso.

Collins has left his mark on the Lancers’ program as an offensive threat the past three seasons and topped the 1,000 point mark in Game 13 of his junior season. Not needing her senior season to get noticed by scouts, Collins can now spend the rest of her senior year, on and off the pitch, untroubled by the stress of where to go to college.

“It’s definitely relieving, it takes a lot of stress away,” Collins said. “I’m just really excited to keep playing, that was really the main goal. I just wanted to keep playing and to be able to play at this level is super exciting.

Collins will play for head coach Carrie Seymour, who has more than 30 years of experience leading Pace’s bench. She has a relationship with East player recruiting in Torreso, who joined Pace after leading back-to-back East state championships in 1990 and 1991. Collins will be the East’s third player to sign. adapt to Pace after Taylor Losey, who played for the Setters from 2006-2010.

“I called my trainer and [asked] let her watch some videos,” Torreso said. “I said I would never address [her] if I didn’t think you were going to have a great kid. I would never put my name on a kid if I didn’t think she was good.

Collins averaged 25 points as a junior for the Lancers and will look to make the most of her final season in Bristol as the most experienced player on her team. She said it didn’t take long for her to realize Pace was the school she wanted to attend as she was sold after visiting and meeting Seymour.

“I went to visit and loved the coach, [she is] just like Coach Ginny and he’s always been the coach I’ve looked up to,” Collins said.

Playing in New York and the Northeast 10 Conference will give Collins the advantage of being close enough to home for her family to attend plenty of games. She said she wanted to major in biology in hopes of becoming a physician assistant.

“She’s worked really hard on this sport,” Collins’ father Tim said. “Being able to make that decision quite early in the process was helpful.”

Matt Hornick can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or [email protected]

Published in The Bristol Press, Bristol Eastern on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 8:52 PM. Updated: Wednesday November 10, 2021 8:54 PM.
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