MEDFORD – No. 6 Tufts women's basketball senior co-captain Jac Knapp earned New England Small Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week for the second time this season for her efforts in the Jumbos' contests against Babson and Trinity.
Knapp helped lead Tufts to a 2-0 record this week as she averaged 19.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. With the victories last week, the Jumbos finished the regular season with a record of 22-2 overall and were 8-2 in the NESCAC. Knapp earned NESCAC Player of the Week earlier this season on December 10 for her efforts against Bridgewater State and the University of New England.
The guard began the week with a 25-point effort in an 80-61 non-conference road win at Babson on Wednesday night. She shot an efficient 10-14 from the floor, including three three-pointers. The 10 field goals made matched a career-high that she recorded earlier this season against the University of New England. Any time the Beavers looked to cut into the lead, Knapp went in attack mode on both ends of the floor. She also dished out three assists and pulled down three rebounds against the Beavers.
Knapp followed that performance up with a team-high 13 points in the Jumbos' 60-48 home conference victory over Trinity on Sunday afternoon. Nine of her 13 points came in the second half in what was a physical contest in which she kept her composure and was able to constantly break the Bantams' full-court press. The senior also collected four rebounds and four assists. She had active hands on the defensive end as well as she recorded three steals.
Tufts leads the NESCAC in fewest points allowed per contest as they only concede an average of 47.6 points per game. Knapp records 1.7 steals per night as she often applies pressure on the opposing team's guards and turns the defense into offense. As a team, the brown and blue rank second in the conference in forced turnovers per contest with an average of 18.8.
She has been a focal point for the Jumbos' offense that averages 74.9 points and 17.0 assists per game, which both rank second among NESCAC teams. Knapp leads the team in minutes with 29.0 and points with 13.0 per game. The guard has scored double-digit points 16 times this season and is currently sitting at 962 points in her career. She has done a great job finding her teammates as she dishes out 3.3 assists per contest. Knapp also isn't afraid to go in and mix it up on the boards as she is third on the team averaging 4.0 rebounds per game.
The Jumbos' strong regular season earned them the No. 3 seed in the NESCAC Tournament and they are set to host sixth-seeded Williams on Saturday at Cousens Gymnasium in a quarterfinal game.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello