Tulane's Jamie Kaplan claimed her second academic honor of the 2013-14 season as the junior point guard was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Women's Basketball Team.
March 5, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - In the midst of her best on-the-court season of her collegiate career, Tulane University women's basketball standout Jamie Kaplan picked up another honor for her excellence in the classroom as the junior point guard from Sebastian, Fla., was named to the 2014 Conference USA All-Academic Women's Basketball Team on Wednesday.
Sporting a 3.78 cumulative GPA as a neuroscience major and a two-time member of the C-USA Academic Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club, Kaplan is one of five student-athletes to claim a spot on the league's all-academic squad, joining Middle Tennessee's Ebony Rowe, FIU's Jerica Coley, Florida Atlantic's Kimberly Smith and Old Dominion sophomore Galaisha Goodhope. The academic honor was the second of the season for Kaplan, who claimed first-team Capital One All-District 6 recognition back on Jan. 30.
Kaplan has started all 28 games so far in 2013-14 and leads the team with 332 points scored, 188 assists, 97 free throws made, 913 minutes played and 32.6 minutes per game while ranking second with 108 field goals made. She also sits third on the squad with 11.9 in points per game and 19 3-point baskets, tied for third with 33 steals, and fifth with a 40.1 field goal percentage and a 26.8 3-point percentage to go with 2.9 rebounds per game. Her 6.7 assists per game so far this year not only ranks second in C-USA and ninth in the NCAA, but also sits first in Tulane single-season history while her assist total sits second in the Green Wave annals.
As a junior, Kaplan has posted double-figure scoring totals 21 times, including a career-high tying 20 after hitting 6-of-10 field goals with a 2-of-4 performance from beyond the 3-point arc and sinking 6-of-8 free throws vs McNeese State on Nov. 11. She has handed out six or more assists 18 times with five double-digit dime performances, including a career-high 13 against New Orleans on Nov. 8 - a total that ranks tied for third in Tulane single-game history.
She has three double-doubles to her credit already this season - 10 points, 13 assists vs New Orleans on Nov. 8; 12 points, 10 assists at Marshall on Jan. 9; and 16 points, 12 rebounds at Southern Miss on March 1. Kaplan tallied seven multiple-steal performances to date, including a career-high five thefts vs Southern Miss on Jan. 18. In addition, 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 95 career games with 62 starts, scoring 700 points (7.4 avg), handing out 411 assists (4.3 avg), pulling down 209 rebounds (2.2 avg), posting 82 steals (0.8 avg) and blocking one shot (0.1 avg). She ranks second in Tulane career history in assists per game (4.3), fifth in assists (411), 16th in minutes per game (25.2), 17th in both 3-point baskets (58) and 3-point attempts (213), 19th in free throw percentage (.719) and 21st in 3-point percentage (.272).
Kaplan and the Green Wave will wrap up the regular season tonight when Tulane plays host to league newcomer Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. on the uptown. With a 25-4 overall record and a 14-1 C-USA record, the Blue Raiders have already wrapped up the regular-season conference crown and come to town ranked 22nd in the nation.
Prior to tipoff, the Green Wave will hold a special ceremony honoring senior forward Brooke Blankenship and redshirt-junior guard Katye Magee along with managers Amanda Hardy and Rachel Schwartz as the quartet will make its final regular-season appearance in front of the home crowd all four are on pace to complete their degrees at the conclusion of the spring semester.
For tickets to Wednesday's game, 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).