April 11, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - While the Tulane University women's basketball season concluded nearly a month ago, the honors continue to roll in for the Green Wave as the junior trio of guard Danielle Blagg, forward Tiffany Dale and point guard Jamie Kaplan was named to the All-Louisiana Team, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced late Friday night.
Kaplan was named second-team all-state while Blagg claimed third-team honors and Dale garnered honorable-mention recognition. The All-Louisiana title was the latest in a long list of awards for Kaplan, who was named honorable-mention Associated Press All-American, second-team All-Conference USA, first-team Capital One Academic All-District 6 and C-USA Women's Basketball All-Academic. Blagg joined Kaplan on the second-team All C-USA listing.
The all-state honor is the first of both Kaplan and Dale's careers while picked up the distinction for the third consecutive season after claiming honorable-mention recognition the previous two seasons. The 2013-14 All-Louisiana Team is based on a vote of an LSWA panel of state media and sports information personnel.
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).
A native of Sebastian, Fla., Kaplan's 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.
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.
Blagg played in 27 games with 24 starts in 2013-14 and paced the squad with 12.0 points per game, 61 3-point baskets and a .394 3-point percentage. She also ranked third on the team with 323 points, 113 field goals and 4.8 rebounds per game while sitting fourth with 12 blocked shots and fifth with 129 rebounds. Her .394 3-point percentage ranks fifth in Tulane single-season history and her 61 treys sit eight. Blagg's 3-point percentage and 2.26 3-pointers per game both ranked second in C-USA while ranking 44th and 94th in the NCAA, respectively.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, she scored in double figures 17 times and pulled down seven-plus rebounds on seven occasions to go with four multiple-assist outings, five multiple-steal contests and a pair of two-block ballgames. Blagg surpassed the 20-point plateau five times, including a season-best 25-point effort to go with a career-best 10 rebounds against Virginia on Dec. 20 in the opening round of the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic. She also posted a career-high four assists vs Northestern in the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic on Dec. 28 and at Florida Atlantic on Feb. 12.
Blagg was named Louisiana Player of the Week on Dec. 23 after averaging 24.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal per outing in 35.5 minutes of play per contest in wins over Virginia and Saint Francis during the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic
Dale, meanwhile, played in 30 games with 27 starts as a junior and led the club with a .576 field goal percentage, 132 field goals made, 243 rebounds, 8.1 rebounds per game and 49 blocked shots. She also finished second on the team with 356 points, 11.9 points per game and 92 free throws made, third with a .708 free throw percentage, fourth with 34 steals and fifth with 32 assists.
A native of Lavon, Texas, her block total and 1.6 blocks per game rank 12th in Tulane single-season history while her field goal percentage and 156 defensive rebounds sit 13th, her total rebounds and rebounds per game sit 16th and her 87 offensive rebounds rank 19th. Dale's 1.63 block-per-game average stood fifth in C-USA and 77th nationally while her rebound-per-game mark was eighth in the conference and 144th in the NCAA.
Dale posted double-figure scoring totals on 17 occasions with a pair of 20-plus point outings, had seven or more rebounds 21 times, posted seven double-doubles, tallied 13 multiple-block performances, handed out multiple assists nine times and had nine multiple-steal ballgames. She tallied career highs of 22 points vs Louisiana Tech on Jan. 25, 16 rebounds vs Ole Miss on Nov. 30, six blocks vs Middle Tennessee on March 5 and four steals vs LSU on Jan. 5 to go with a season-best three assists vs Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 18, at Marshall on Jan. 9 and vs Middle Tennessee.
She was named to the 18th Annual Tulane/DoubleTree Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist per game during the Green Wave's run to the tourney title.
Kaplan, Blagg, Dale 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. The trio are three of 10 letterwinners expected to return next season when the Green Wave become members of the American Athletic Conference.
2013-14 ALL-LOUISIANA TEAMS
Trudy Armstrong / Northwestern State / Forward / Sophomore / Dallas, Texas
Allison Baggett / McNeese State / Guard / Sophomore / Iota, La.
Whitney Frazier / Louisiana Tech / Forward / Junior / El Dorado, Ark.
Theresa Plaisance / LSU / Forward / Senior / New Orleans, La.
Emani White / Nicholls State / Guard / Sophomore / New Orleans, La.
Jasmine Brewer / Loyola / Forward / Senior / Houston, Texas
Kendra Coleman / Southern / Guard / Junior / Donaldsonville, La.
Jamie Kaplan / Tulane / Guard / Junior / Sebastian, Fla.
Joanna Miller / Grambling State / Guard / Senior / Los Angeles, Calif.
Ashleigh Simmons / ULM / Forward / Senior / Hawkins, Texas
Danielle Ballard / LSU / Guard / Sophomore / Memphis, Tenn.
Danielle Blagg / Tulane / Guard / Junior / San Antonio, Texas
Jeanna Diakos / LSU-Shreveport / Forward / Senior / Ragley, La.
Whitney Gathright / Xavier / Guard / Sophomore / New Orleans, La.
Jeanne Kenney / LSU / Guard / Senior Baton Rouge, La.
Honorable Mention: Tiffany Dale (Tulane), Aja Gibson (Southeastern Louisiana), Keisha Lee (Northwestern State), Reigyne Moncrief (LSU), Cecilia Okoye (McNeese State), Nanna Pool (Southeastern Louisiana), Chrisstasia Walter (Louisiana Tech)
Player of the Year: Theresa Plaisance, LSU
Freshman of the Year: Raigyne Moncrief, LSU
Newcomer of the Year: Chrisstasia Walter, Louisiana Tech
Coach of the Year: Brooke and Scott Stoehr, Northwestern State