Collins Irwin, Bethany
High School Player
Bethany Collins was a dominating force in CT girls’ basketball. Her Branford High School team won two state titles in 1983 and 1984. The Hornets were 71-4 during her career. Collins was the first player at Branford to score 1,000 points; she set the school record for points in a game (40), points in a season (549), and points in a career (1,339). Her 11 blocks in a game, 98 blocks in a season, and 261 blocks in a career were also new marks at Branford. Collins was a Converse All-American and a Parade Magazine Fourth Team selection in 1984 and she was All-State in basketball in 1983 and 1984. Branford was ranked No. 25 nationally in USA Today’s prep poll in 1984.
Collins continued her basketball career at Penn State. From 1985-1989, Collins scored 1,186 points, collected 757 rebounds, and blocked 92 shots. She still ranks among the school’s top 20 in all three categories. Collins played in 122 games for the Lady Lions, averaging 9.3 points and 5.9 rebounds.