Baptista of Women's Basketball Named to the Preseason All-American First Team

MEDFORD – Tufts University women's basketball's senior Melissa Baptista has been named to Preseason All-America First Team, as announced by Tuesday.

Baptisa is the only player from New England on the first team, and one of just two named to the four Preseason All-America and honorable mention teams.

Last season, Baptista averaged 12.5 points, 1.4 3-pointers made, and 1.7 blocks per game, all team-highs. She also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. She helped to guide the team to a 30-3 record, 9-1 in NESCAC. The team made it to the NCAA Championship game for the second year in a row.

Baptista has scored at least 10 points in 45 games throughout her career at Tufts. She is just 68 points away from becoming the 14th Jumbo to join the women's basketball 1,000-point club. Last season, she scored 412 points on the year, which was good enough for the ninth-highest scoring season in the team's history. Baptista is currently third all-time in blocks with 144. She scored a career-high 27 points in a 77-53 win over Wesleyan on Jan. 31, 2015 and had a career-high seven blocks in a 53-37 win over Brandeis in November of last season.

In her junior year, Baptista was named to the D3hoops All-American Third Team, the All-Northeast First Team, All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American squad. She has also been named the NESCAC Player of the Week twice in her career, most recently in January of her junior year.

Baptista has helped the Jumbos to an 88-10 overall record in her three seasons, while going 29-1 in NESCAC play. During her time here, Tufts has made it to the NESCAC Championship game, winning it in her freshman year. They have also made at least the Final Four of the NCAA tournament all three years.

Head coach Carla Berube's squad was ranked No. 1 overall in the preseason poll on Oct. 31. The Jumbos open up their season at home on Nov. 17 when they host Roger Williams in the Tufts University Tip-Off Tournament.

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Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern