MEDFORD – Tufts University Women's Basketball co-captain Jac Knapp continues to earn accolades in her senior season as she has been selected to play in the inaugural Beyond Sports Women's Collegiate All-Star Game on March 16 at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.
The All-Star Game, presentd by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), will be played prior to the NCAA Division III National Championship Game that will tip-off afterwards. Knapp and the Jumbos hope to be playing in that title game, which would preclude her from playing in the All-Star Game. However, it's another significant honor for the Jumbo leader as she is the lone member of the New England Small Athletic Conference (NESCAC) selected to play in the game.
There have been 18 of 20 All-Stars selected by a committee of head coaches in the WBCA from Division III programs. The other two All-Stars will be chosen by fans out of eight nominees. You can vote for the remaining two players at https://www.beyondsportstours.com/allstar-vote.
Knapp has had a great 2018-19 season in which she has earned first team All-NESCAC honors, three NESCAC Player of the Week awards and joined Tufts' 1,000 point club. She has been a leader on and off the floor as head coach Carla Berube's Jumbos won their third NESCAC championships and received an eighth consecutive NCAA berth. Knapp netted a game-high 25 points in Tufts' 75-69 NESCAC Championship victory over No. 1 Bowdoin. Tufts is playing in the "Sweet 16" today against Messiah at the University of Scranton (5 pm).
A starter for three seasons, Knapp has stepped her game up this year improving her points per game average to 13.6 which is best on the team. She shoots 47.8 percent from the floor, which is the best mark of her career, and has improved her three-point percentage to 40.2 this season as she has hit a team-high 45 triples so far this season. Knapp runs the Jumbos' offense and has dished out a career-best 3.1 assists per night.
Tufts plays tenacious on-ball defense and Knapp has helped set the tone for this season's team on that end of the floor. The senior is second on the team with 1.8 steals per game as she constantly hounds opposing teams' guards. Knapp and the Jumbos force 18.7 turnovers per night. The brown and blue hold opponents to only 48.2 points per game, which ranks seventh-best in the country.
Knapp has been part of a Jumbo program which has posted an impressive 15-3 postseason record and a 111-14 overall record during her four years. Tufts has reached the "Sweet 16" in all four years Knapp's been on the team and appeared in two National Championship games. Over the past three NCAA Tournaments, Knapp has averaged 13.0 points per game in 12 contests. Her post-season high in points came last year against Messiah - whom Tufts is facing in the "Sweet 16" for the second straight year - where she netted 23 points.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello