Jan. 30, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - One day after helping the Green Wave win its fourth-consecutive contest with a 62-55 Conference USA victory at Rice with her performance on the court, Tulane University women's basketball standout Jamie Kaplan picked up an award for her diligence in the classroom as the junior point guard was named first-team Capital One Academic All-District 6 Team.
A native of Sebastian, Fla., Kaplan earned the academic honor after posting a cumulative 3.78 grade point average while majoring in neuroscience. She is the first Tulane player to earn Academic All-District status since Britt Themann, who was a second-team selection as a junior in 2001-02 and a first-team honoree as a senior in 2002-03. As a member of a first-team Academic All-District Team, Kaplan advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected in February.
"Jamie is one of the most intense and dedicated student-athletes I have ever coached," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "This is a well-deserved honor and an important example that hard work pays off."
Kaplan started all 20 games so far this season and leads the team with 244 points, 77 field goals made, 132 assists, 76 free throws made, 647 minutes played and a 32.3 minutes-per-game average. She also ranks second on the team in points per game (12.2), third in 3-point baskets (14), and fifth in both 3-point percentage (.269) and free throw percentage (.685) to go with 2.7 rebounds per outing.
She leads C-USA with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, ranks second in the league with 6.7 assists per game - a mark that would be a Tulane single-season record if she can maintain her current pace - and is 23rd in points per outing. Entering the week, Kaplan ranked 11th nationally in assists per game and 60th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
She has a pair of double-doubles to her credit already in 2013-14, including a 10-point, 13-assist effort against New Orleans back on Nov. 8. Her 13 assists are not only a career high but also ranks tied for the third-most in Tulane single-game history. In addition, Kaplan has 11 multiple-rebound efforts, including a season-best six on three occasions, and three multiple-steal contests, including a career-high five thefts vs Southern Miss on Jan. 18.
Earlier this season, she was named MVP of the 18th Annual Tulane/DoubleTree Classic after averaging 13.0 points, 6.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while helping the Green Wave win the tournament title.
For her career, Kaplan has played in 87 career games with 54 starts, scoring 612 points, handing out 355 assists, pulling down 181 rebounds, posting 69 steals and blocking one shot (0.1 avg). She currently ranks second in Tulane career history in assists per game (4.1), 11th in assists (355), 17th in free throw percentage (.724), 19th in 3-point attempts (194) and minutes per game (24.5), tied for 20th in 3-point baskets (53) and 21st in 3-point percentage (.273).
Kaplan is joined on the Academic All-District 6 Team by Nicholls State's Jenny Nash, Missouri-Kansas City's Eilise O'Connor, South Dakota State's Megan Waytashek, Marquette's Katherine Plouffe and Iowa State's Hallie Christofferson. She is also one of three C-USA student-athletes to claim Academic All-District status as Middle Tennessee State's Ebony Rowe claimed a spot on the District 2 squad and FIU's Jerica Coley was named to the District 4 unit.
Kaplan and the Green Wave return to on Saturday, Feb. 1, when they play host to league foe UTEP at 1 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. The game against the Miners is the first of a two-game homestand for Tulane as the Wave will take on North Texas on Feb. 5.
For tickets to those games, as well as future Green Wave Athletics events, contact the Tulane Ticket Office. The ticket office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson Jr. Center, and fans can also order tickets on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or by calling (504) 861-WAVE (9283).