April 15, 2013
BRISTOL, Conn. - Tianna Hawkins of the Maryland women's basketball team was selected No. 6 overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2013 WNBA Draft Monday night at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
"I am so fortunate to be drafted by head coach Brian Agler and a team like the Storm," Hawkins said. "A few years ago, I never thought I'd be here, but this experience has been unbelievable. I would not be here without my teammates, my family and my coaches. I cannot wait to get to work and start the next phase of my career."
Hawkins was one of 12 players invited to attend the 2013 WNBA Draft and was the first ACC player drafted this year. The Storm was edged in the Western Conference Semifinals last season by the Minnesota Lynx. For full draft coverage, log on to WNBA.com/draft. For more on the Storm, visit WNBA.com/Storm.
"We are absolutely thrilled for Tianna for being drafted tonight," Terps head coach Brenda Frese said. "I've said all season long that Tianna is the most improved player I've ever coached and that comes from her hard work. I know she will have a great career because of her work ethic and passion for whatever she does."
Hawkins earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors and made the All-ACC First Team this year. She finished her career No. 11 on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 1,595 points and No. 3 in rebounds with 1,086. She is the third Terrapin in history to break 1,000 rebounds, behind only Langhorne and Coleman. She scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games this season and notched 17 double-doubles. She was No. 2 in the ACC in scoring (18.0) and rebounding (9.7).
She improved her game drastically over the course of her career. Hawkins was ranked the No. 133 recruit coming out of high school and worked to become the All-ACC player she ended her career as. She improved her scoring by 10.6 points per game over the last two years. In 2012, she led the nation with her field goal percentage of 62.3.
Nine of head coach Marissa Coleman and Crystal Langhorne went sixth and Laura Harper was the 10th pick in the 2008 draft.
Former Terrapin Diandra Tchatchouang was drafted 20th overall (second round) by the San Antonio Silver Stars. Tchatchouang played at Maryland for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. She was named to the ACC All-Freshmen Team in 2010. The 6-3 forward from La Courneuve, France started in all 66 games in her two years in College Park and averaged 10.1 points per game and 5.2 boards per game. She tore her ACL in the Terps' NCAA Second Round loss to Georgetown in 2011 and returned home to France to recover.
The Terrapins went 26-8 this year, finished second in the ACC and advanced to their fifth Sweet Sixteen in Frese's 11 years.