Junior point guard Jamie Kaplan claimed honorable-mention Associated Press All-American honors after leading the Green Wave with 361 points and 209 assists.
April 1, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Following a 2013-14 campaign which saw her set the Green Wave single-season assist record, Tulane University women's basketball standout Jamie Kaplan was named honorable-mention Associated Press All-American on Tuesday based on a vote of national media members.
The All-America recognition is the first of Kaplan's career for the junior point guard from Sebastian, Fla., and comes on the heels of claiming second-team All-Conference USA recognition for her performance on the court. In addition, she earned spots on the Capital One All-Academic District 6 and C-USA Women's Basketball All-Academic teams for her work in the classroom after sporting a cumulative 3.78 grade point average as a neuroscience major.
"This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for Jamie," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "She played a lot of minutes for us during her first two season, but I felt that this year was really special. Her breaking the school's assist record, which was an incredible record that I thought would be tough to break, really says a lot about what she brought this year. Her ability to not turn the ball over and break presses really changed the way teams played us, and I'm glad that people outside of our program really recognize her value."
Kaplan becomes the first Tulane student-athlete to claim All-American honors since Teana McKiver claimed honorable-mention distinction from Women's Basketball Coaches Association and WomensCollegeHoops.com in 2003. She is the lone player from a Louisiana school to earn a spot on the 2014 AP All-America Team and is one of five C-USA players to do so - joining Jerica Coley of FIU, Jessica Kuster of Rice, Ebony Rowe of Middle Tennessee and Kayla Thornton of UTEP.
The lone player on the team to start all 31 games, Kaplan led the team with 361 points scored, 209 assists, 100 free throws made, 1,017 minutes played and 32.8 minutes per game while ranking second on the squad with 120 field goals made and 37 steals. She also finished third on the team in points per game (11.6) and 3-point baskets (21) while ranking fifth in both field goal percentage (.392) and 3-point percentage (.263).
Her assist total surpassed the former Tulane record of 207 established by Ashely Langford in 33 games during the 2006-07 season. In addition, Kaplan's 6.74 assist-per-game average also sits atop the Tulane record book moving ahead of Langford's 6.58 in 2005-06 while ranking second in C-USA and seventh in the NCAA this season. Her 1.91 assist-to-turnover ratio, meanwhile, ranked second in the league and 57th nationally.
As a junior, Kaplan posted double-figure scoring totals 22 times, handed out six or more assists 20 times with five double-digit dime performances, pulled down four or more rebounds on 10 occasions and had eight multiple-steal performances to go with a trio of double-doubles. She tallied career highs of 20 points vs McNeese State on Nov. 11, 13 assists vs New Orleans on Nov. 8, 12 rebounds at Southern Miss on March 1 and five steals vs Southern Miss on Jan. 18.
Two of Kaplan's double-doubles were of the point/assist variety with 10 points and 13 assists vs UNO and a 12-point, 10-assist effort at Marshall on Jan. 9 before posting 16 points and 12 boards at Southern Miss. She was also named MVP of the 18th Annual Tulane/DoubleTree Classic on Dec. 29 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 98 career games with 65 starts, scoring 729 points (7.4 avg), handing out 432 assists (4.4 avg), pulling down 217 rebounds (2.2 avg), posting 86 steals (0.9 avg) and blocking one shot (0.1 avg). She currently ranks second in Tulane career history in assists per game (4.4), third in assists (432), 16th in minutes per game (25.5), 17th in 3-point baskets (60) and 3-point attempts (222), 19th in free throw percentage (.719), 21st in 3-point percentage (.270) and 23rd in minutes played (2499).
Kaplan and the Green Wave completed the 2013-14 season 20-11 overall, fourth in C-USA with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the WNIT. Tulane's 20 wins and trip to the postseason were both the programs fifth in a row. Kaplan is one of 10 letterwinners expected to return next season when the Green Wave become members of the American Athletic Conference.