While Tianna Hawkins’ greatest asset as a WNBA prospect might be her offensive rebounding, her team-leading scoring average and outstanding scoring efficiency (her 62.5% true shooting percentage is among the top 25 in the nation) have really stood out.
So among the most disappointing things about the Maryland Terrapins‘ 71-56 loss to the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight is that Hawkins failed to score at anywhere near her normal rate, as described by the recap at GoDuke.com.
It was remarkable that Maryland was even in the game because Hawkins’ stat line was so empty. She finished with six points on 3-of-11 shooting and seven rebounds – well below her averages of 19.6 points and 9.9 boards – in her first game in single-digit scoring since St. Joseph’s held her to two points in November.
Unfortunately, what really stood out is that Hawkins struggled to finish inside against Duke’s frontline rotation that includes three players over 6-foot-3. When set up by teammate Alyssa Thomas in transition, she fumbled the ball out of bounds. In addition to the scoring struggles Hawkins also had five turnovers, which didn’t exactly help a Terrapins team that finished with 24 for the game.
Although Hawkins is hardly solely to blame for a loss in which the Terrapins’ turnover problems haunted them, it was an awkward performance for a player who has arguably played herself to top of the list of 2013 WNBA prospects after the highly touted “Big Three”.