Kennard-Dale grad Sara Tarbert collects major honors
Sara Tarbert's stellar college basketball career is over.
The Kennard-Dale High School graduate, however, will have a boatload of hardware to serve as mementos.
The 6-foot, 1-inch Tarbert was recently named an NCAA Division III All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and D3hoops.com. Tarbert was one of 10 players selected to the WBCA All-America team, while she was also named a Second Team All-American by D3hoops.com.
Tarbert was an Honorable Mention All-America selection by the WBCA in each of the two prior seasons, while she was named a D3hoops.com Third Team All-America selection in 2015-16.
The D3hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Regional Player of the Year and ECAC South Player of the Year, Tarbert led the Mustangs to a 19-10 record and the semifinals of the ECAC Division III South Championship in 2016-17. Appearing in all 29 games, she averaged 23.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per game while shooting 52.1 percent from the floor.
The Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Player of the Year for the second straight season in 2016-17, Tarbert finished the season ranked fourth nationally in scoring and fifth in rebounding. She led the nation with 29 double-doubles, establishing Division III records for double-doubles in a season and for consecutive double-doubles (30) dating back to 2015-16. Tarbert also averaged 2.8 steals, 2.5 assists and 1.7 blocks per game to rank among the conference leaders in those categories as well.
Tarbert finished her career as Stevenson's all-time leader in scoring and rebounding, finishing with 1,780 points and 1,005 rebounds in 84 career games. Her 244 career steals are a program record, while she ranks third in blocked shots and her 172 career assists also rank in the program top-10.
Over her three-year career, Tarbert, who was a finalist for the 2017 Josten's Trophy, led the Mustangs to a record of 60-24 and three postseason appearances. Stevenson made its first-ever NCAA tournament in 2014-15, while winning the ECAC South title in 2016 and reaching the ECAC semifinals this season. She was also recognized earlier this season as a CoSIDA Academic All-American as a Third Team selection, the first in program history.
Academic honor: Tarbert was also named the MAC Senior Scholar-Athlete for her sport. She will be honored at the conference's annual awards banquet on May 2 at DeSales University.
The MAC Senior Scholar-Athlete awards are given to one senior student-athlete from each sport who exhibits top academic excellence and athletic prowess. The award is based 50 percent on academics (cumulative GPA) and 50 percent on athletic achievements.
Tarbert, a nursing major, carries a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average and is a two-time Academic All-District selection. She's a two-time MAC All-Academic Team member as well.