MEDFORD - For the third year in a row, a Tufts University women's basketball player was named D3hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year as junior center Michela North was selected for 2015-16 today.
North, NESCAC's Co-Player of the Year, is averaging a double-double of 14.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as the Jumbos are headed to the NCAA semi-finals for the third straight year. She is making well over half her field goal attempts at 51.4 percent (170/331) and is blocking 1.8 shots per game.
One of the top players in the NCAA Division III tournament thus far, North's 14.0 rebounds per game ranks fourth among all participants in this year's national championship. She's scoring at a 15.5 points per game clip in the tournament including 23 in a second-round win over Moravian. She had 17 points and 19 rebounds in Tufts' "Sweet 16" victory over Albright.
North also earned a first-team All-Region honor along with Player of the Year. This is the second straight year she has received All-Region recognition from D3hoops as she was a fourth-team pick last season.
Hayley Kanner, a 2015 Tufts graduate, was the D3hoops Northeast Player of the Year in both 2014 and 2015.
This season the Jumbos (27-3) posted their third straight 10-0 season in NESCAC. Forced on the road for the first two weekends of the NCAA Tournament due to the Tufts men's team hosting, head coach Carla Berube's Jumbos posted NCAA wins over Regis (MA), Moravian, Albright and Scranton to move on to the "Final Four." They will play Wartburg in the NCAA semi-finals Saturday at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio at 5 pm.