(June 24, 2012) University of District of Columbia’s women’s basketball team finished with a stellar 21-7 record last season, earning a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament back in March. Now the Lady Firebirds are ensuring they’ll have just as strong a season this coming year by signing Tajruba Baldwin-Kollore to a national letter of intent, head coach Lester Butler said June 18.

Kollore, born in Orlando, Fla., has been described as a “dynamic scoring guard” after she led Denbigh High School of Newport News, Va. with 20 points per game during her senior season.

She was also named to the All-District team, and was honored as the Most Valuable Player of her team last season.

Besides her athletic skills, Kollore also performed well in the classroom, earning several academic honors, including graduating summa cum laude, with perfect attendance. Kollore intends to study biology with aspirations of a career in nursing, UDC sports information officials said.
“We are excited to have Tajruba join our program, because she is an excellent athlete who is a very versatile basketball player,” Coach Butler said. “She attacks the rim well off the dribble, has a nice mid-range game, and can shoot the three.”

Coach Butler said he hopes Kollore will replace some of the team’s top scorers, such as guards Jamilia Bonner and Lauren Brittingham, who both graduated after this past season.

“Tajruba will make a significant contribution to our basketball program and has the chance to be one of the best freshmen in the East Coast Conference,” Butler said.