Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2000
Written by Kate Gluckman


MEDFORD -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association recently announced its Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 1999-2000 academic school year. The Tufts University women's basketball team, coached by Janice Savitz, ranked 24th out of all Division III teams in the nation.

Tufts' cumulative grade point average of 3.361 was highest among New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams. Only Wellesley College, with a 3.48 GPA in seventh place, was higher among New England teams.

As well as the team honor, two players were recognized for their excellence in the classroom last year. Senior Molly Baker (Northfield, MA) and junior Shira Fishman (Silver Springs, MD) were both named to the 1999-2000 Winter NESCAC All-Academic team, with GPAs of 3.20 or higher. Baker was also presented the prestigious academic honor of Phi Beta Kappa at the end of the academic year.

The Jumbos strutted their stuff both on the court and off. With one of the most successful seasons in recent history the team posted an impressive 15-8 record. Narrowly missing the ECAC tournament the Jumbos were led by captain Baker (12.3 points per game) and freshman Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) (17.2 PPG). Goodman was also named NESCAC Rookie of the Year.

This year's team, led by captains Fishman and Meghann Gill (Blasdell, NY) promises to continue the tradition of excellence in the classroom and on the floor.