Freshman year 2013-2014

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Former PA star getting feet wet in Division 1

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Hopkins making a splash at Monmouth

She was the first of her kind. But Mia Hopkins’ journey has just begun.

It’s been a journey that has seen the rigors of Division 1 women’s basketball. But it’s also been a journey that has led the former Patriot to realize her dreams.

Hopkins graduated from Pittston Area in 2012 and has already made an impact on the Monmouth University women’s basketball team.

Mia became the first Division I scholarship player from Pittston Area girls basketball. She scored over 1,500 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds in her high school varsity career. While at Pittston Area, she averaged 20 points per game, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Those numbers got her on the right track to a Division 1 school.

The 5-10 guard is now playing at the Division 1 level. And with that comes the rigors of playing at college basketball’s upper echelon of competitiveness.

Playing at the Division 1 level is like nothing else, Hopkins said. Her first full taste of that came when the Hawks played perennial powerhouse No. 1-ranked Connecticut in late November. Hopkins played 14 minutes in a game Monmouth lost 100-46.

“That was a dream come true,” Hopkins said. “That was the biggest moment of my life. It was an honor to play them on their court. I can say that for the rest of my life.”

During another tournament earlier in the season, Hopkins had a chance to meet and talk with legendary Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma.

“He knew who I was,” she said. “To have Geno tell you to keep going, it’s inspiring.”

Through 16 games, Hopkins is averaging around 10 minutes per game, and 2.5 points. She played a season-high 19 minutes against Rider on Jan. 5. She is shooting 42 percent from the field and is averaging close to three rebounds per contest.

Monmouth picked up its second win in its last three games on Friday - a 64-56 win over Canisius. That moves the Hawks to 2-3 in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and 3-13 overall. Both conference wins have came in the last week of play.

The Hawks beat Fairfield on Jan. 3. for their second win of the season, and first in MAAC play.

“We’ve been practicing a lot lately,” Hopkins said. “We literally had no winter break at all.

That was tough for Hopkins. But with a young team, sometimes that’s the best medicine after a rocky start to the season.

Monmouth is young, and frankly, they are tired of losing.

“We’re sick of losing and we’re a young team,” she said. “We have great chemistry. No one ever gets down, even when we were losing. We still finished strong and encouraged each other.”

Mia posted one of her best outings in her first Division 1 game, against Yale. The Hawks took a loss, but Hopkins pulled down nine rebounds and poured in seven points. In the Hawks’ first win of the season, Hopkins shined again.

Monmouth opened the 2013-14 campaign with seven-straight losses before beating Maryland-Eastern Shore. That was another big game thus far as a freshman. In 14 minutes, Mia scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. She also handed out four assists.

Connecticut was Monmouth’s only ranked opponent it has played thus far this season. But it was a big one.

Mia has always had that big-game mentality. While at Pittston Area, she showed the ability to post a huge game, scoring 39 points as a junior against Holy Redeemer, while also pulling down 29 rebounds in her first game as a freshman.

But it doesn’t come as easily when playing against the best student-athletes in the country.

“It was a huge difference,” she said of the transition from high school to college. “I went to a couple high school games over the break and it’s so much different. The college game is so much faster. We lift all the time and condition all the time.”

Hopkins went on to add it’s like going from the fastest and strongest player to now everyone is just as fast, and just as strong.

Hopkins in the daughter of Sharon Hopkins, Pittston. In four years, the first-year Hawk hopes her career in basketball isn’t over. Even when she graduates, she hopes to play ball somewhere. When she finally does give up playing competitively, she’ll still be in the game.

She said she’s like to become a basketball or strength and conditioning coach.

“Plan A is to continue to play basketball as long as I can,” she said. “This is what I’m interested in. Basketball is everything and I can’t imagine doing something without basketball.”

Monmouth University is located in West Long Branch, N.J., which is about an hour from New York City and Philadelphia.

Freshman Hopkins finding range for Monmouth

Last updated: February 03. 2014 11:59PM - 2315 Views

Freshman Mia Hopkins is starting to make an impact with the Monmouth University women’s basketball team.

Hopkins (Pittston Area) has played in all 23 games off the bench but recently has come on strong – 13 points in 17 minutes in a 64-49 victory over Siena, 13 points and four rebounds in 11 minutes in a 75-70 victory over Manhattan, and 12 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes in 52-41 triumph over St. Peter’s.

“In the past two weeks, Mia has been playing with a lot of confidence which I think is really helping her,” coach Jenny Palmateer said. “We’re talking about someone who in high school had her back to the basket quite a bit and could get things going in transition because she could always handle the ball and score.”

But the coach believes that Hopkins has adjusted well, especially of late.

“I really feel like she is just coming into her own,” Palmateer said. “I think we’re seeing what she has in her. She’s a flat out scorer and can do it in a lot of different ways.”

The 5-foot-10 Hopkins is averaging 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds, and has hit 44 of 95 shots from the field (.463). She also has 18 assists and nine steals for the Hawks, who are 6-17 overall but they’re still in the wide-open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference race with a 6-7 record.

 MIA HOPKINS NAMED MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
  Release: January 27, 2014

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Monmouth University freshman guard Mia Hopkins (Pittston, Pa./Pittston Area) has been named MAAC Rookie of the Week, the league office today announced. Hopkins becomes the second Hawk freshman to earn the honor this year, joining Helena Kurt (Spanga, Sweden/Igelstavikens Gymnasium), who was recognized on Nov. 25.

Hopkins continues to emerge as a valuable contributor for the Hawks, as evidenced by her 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this week. She had six points, six rebounds and two assists against Iona on Friday, before matching her season high with 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 3-pt. FG) on Sunday against Manhattan. She also added four rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist against the Jaspers. She shot 42.1 percent (8-19) from the floor, including 42.9 percent (3-7) from long range on the week.

The Hawks return to action Thursday, when they take on Hourglass Rival Saint Peter’s. Opening tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Yanitelli Center.

Adams and Hopkins Garner Women's Basketball Weekly Awards Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 01/27/2014


MAAC Rookie of the Week

Mia Hopkins, Monmouth

Fr., G, 5-10, Pittston, Pa./Pittston Area

 Mia Hopkins continues to emerge as a valuable contributor for the Hawks, as evidenced by her 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this week. She recorded six points, six rebounds and two assists against Iona on Friday, before matching her season high with 13 points on Sunday against Manhattan. Hopkins also added four rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist against the Jaspers. She shot 42.1 percent (8-19) from the floor, including 42.9 percent (3-7) from long range.

Hopkins earns MAAC Rookie of the Week

Last updated: February 01. 2014 1:41PM - 2129 Views

Monmouth University freshman and Pittston Area graduate Mia Hopkins has been named Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, the league office recently announced. Hopkins became the second Hawk freshman to earn the honor this year, joining Helena Kurt, who was recognized on Nov. 25.

Hopkins continues to emerge as a valuable contributor for the Hawks, as evidenced by her 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this week. She had six points, six rebounds and two assists against Iona on Friday, before matching her season high with 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 3-pt. FG) on Sunday against Manhattan.

She also added four rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist against the Jaspers. She shot 42.1 percent (8-19) from the floor, including 42.9 percent (3-7) from long range on the week.