MEDFORD – Tufts Women's Basketball senior co-captain Jac Knapp and junior co-captain Erica DeCandido have been named to D3hoops.com 2019 All-Northeast Region teams for their efforts on the court this season.
D3hoops.com selects four Northeast All-Region teams and a total of 21 players were chosen. Knapp earned First Team All-Region and DeCandido was selected to Second Team All-Region. The Jumbos were one of four teams to have two or more players receive All-Region honors.
Knapp, from Westfield, N.J., earned All-Region honors for the first time in her career. She had an excellent senior season in which she was earned First Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors, was selected to play in the inaugural Beyond Sports Women's Collegiate All-Star Game on March 16 in Salem, Va., netted her 1,000th career point, helped guide the Jumbos to a NESCAC Championship, and was named NESCAC Player of the Week three times.
In the NESCAC title game, Knapp netted a game-high 25 points against Bowdoin. She averaged 12.8 points per game for the year and led the team with 398 points scored. She scored in double-figures in 19 contests, including a career-high 26 points against the University of New England on December 8. As point guard for the Jumbos, Knapp tallied 3.1 assists per contest and also wasn't afraid to mix it up in the paint as she pulled down 3.5 rebounds per contest. Knapp regularly harassed opposing guards and helped the Jumbos' defense force 18.4 turnovers per game and hold opponents to only 47.9 points per outing.
DeCandido, from North Wales, Pa., was named to Second Team All-Region. This was the first All-Region selection of her career. The junior was also selected to First Team All-NESCAC for her efforts on the floor. Her shot selection was great all season long as she shot 46.8 percent (140/299) from the floor. In a non-conference game against Bridgewater State, she netted a season-high 21 points. At 5-11 with quickness, she presented a mismatch for opposing players as she scores from all areas of the floor. Her scoring numbers were nearly identical to Knapp's, averaging 12.8 per game with 396 points in 31 games.
A versatile offensive player, DeCandido also dished out a team-high 3.5 assists per night. She also pulled down a team-leading 5.7 rebounds per game and often was able to push the ball up the floor. Defensively, she proved to be the Jumbos' rim protector with 1.0 blocks and also had 1.5 steals per contest. In the NCAA Tournament, DeCandido netted double-digit points in three of the four games and averaged 14.3 points per game. She currently sits at 914 points after three years in the program and has been a starter since her sophomore season.
Head coach Carla Berube's Jumbos ended the season with a 28-3 overall record (8-2 NESCAC) and reached the NCAA "Elite Eight" for the sixth straight year.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello