OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson University senior Sara Tarbert was honored over the weekend by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and D3hoops.com as each released their women's basketball All-America teams. 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% from the floor. She scored at least 20 points 19 times, at least 30 in five games and at least 40 twice, including a school-record 49-point performance on December 3 at Widener that netted Tarbert USBWA National Player of the Week accolades.
The MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year for the second straight season in 2016-17 and an eight-time MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week, 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.