MEDFORD – Tufts University Women's Basketball has two players who received 2018-19 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference honors today. Co-captains senior Jac Knapp and junior Erica DeCandido were named to the NESCAC first team. This is the first All-Conference honor for both players.
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Knapp averages a team-leading 13.6 points and 29.6 minutes per game. She helped lead Tufts to their third NESCAC Championship in program history over No. 1 Bowdoin as she netted 25 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter. The senior, who scored 14.1 ppg in conference games, also joined the 1,000-point club in the win against the Polar Bears. She has netted double-digit points 18 times this year. Knapp has been the team's best three-point option as she has a team-high 41 threes and shoots it at a 39.4 percent mark. The guard runs the offense and averages 3.1 assists per game. She also is a focal point in Tufts' defense that forces 19.0 turnovers per game and allows just 48.5 points per contest. A three-time Conference Player of the Week, her 25 steals in NESCAC games are second-most in the league.
DeCandido has been a solid all-around leader for the brown and blue this season. She is second on the team in points per contest with 12.6, including 13.6 per in NESCAC games. She scored in double-figures 17 times, including a team-high 14-point effort to help guide the Jumbos past Amherst in a defensively oriented NESCAC semifinal. The junior often finds her own shot in the lane and is tough to handle in the low post. When she attacks the hoop, DeCandido draws fouls converts free throws at an 85.8 percent rate (third in NESCAC). She also has a knack for finding an open teammate with a team-leading 3.6 assists per game (also third). DeCandido leads the Jumbos with 5.4 rebounds per game as well. She's also a key defensive contributor with 44 steals (seventh in conference)
Knapp and DeCandido are the top two scorers in a Jumbo offense that averages 73.9 points per game, which is the most by any Tufts team under head coach Carla Berube.
The Jumbos are 25-2 on the season and defeated Bowdoin 75-69 to earn their third NESCAC Championship. In the championship game at Bowdoin on February 25, DeCandido and Knapp combined to score 42 points. The Jumbos earned an automatic-bid into the NCAA Tournament, where they will host the opening rounds at home for the seventh time in eight seasons this weekend.
The brown and blue will be in action on Friday night in the NCAA Championship first round when they host Western New England (20-8) in Cousens Gymnasium at 7 pm.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello