Sophomore year:

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FRESHMAN (2013-14): Saw action in all 33 games off the bench, averaging 4.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game… Hit on a team-best 35.3 percent of her three-point attempts… Shot 44.8 percent from the floor… Scored a season-high 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line against Siena (Mar. 2)… Established an early season high of 13 points at Siena (Jan. 13) on 6-of-8 shooting, including a conversion on her only three-point attempt… Matched her then-season high with 13 points in a win against Manhattan (Jan. 26), connecting on 5-of-8 field-goal attempts, including 3-for-4 from long range… Chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds in a victory over Saint Peter’s (Jan. 30)… Opened her career with seven points and a season-high nine rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, vs. Yale… Had a strong all-around performance in the Hawks’ first win of the season vs. UMES, compiling eight points, five rebounds and a season-high four assists… Made a season-high three steals at Niagara (Jan. 19).

Became the first Division I scholarship player from Pittston Area High School in Pennsylvania… Scored over 1,500 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds in her high school varsity career… Named to the Pennsylvania Sportswriters All-State Team in both her junior and senior years… Nominated for McDonald’s All-America as a senior… Played in the Pennsylvania State All-Star Game in Harrisburg in the postseason… Averaged 20.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.0 blocks per game as a junior, helping Pittston Area to a 17-7 record, including 12 straight wins to begin the season… Named the Wyoming Valley Conference Player of the Year and led the Patriots to the Division 2 playoffs as a junior... Showed the ability to post a huge game in high school, scoring 39 points as a junior against Holy Redeemer, while also pulling down 29 rebounds in her first game as a freshman… Hopkins also played AAU ball for Coach Isiah Walker with the Firm AC basketball program.

PERSONAL: Born in Pittston, Pa. … The daughter of Sharon Hopkins… Hopes to become a basketball or strength and conditioning coach after college… Undecided on a major

Hopkins' Career Stats:

Hopkins' Career Highs
Points: 15 vs. Siena (03/02/14)
Rebounds: 9 vs. Yale (11/09/13)
Assists: 4 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (12/03/13)
Blocks: 2 at Niagara (01/19/14)
Steals: 3 at Niagara (01/19/14)
Minutes: 27, two times, last vs. Quinnipiac (02/07/1

 Mia Hopkins named to the 2014-15 MAAC Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.Jenny Horvatinovic (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion Area) and Mia Hopkins (Pittston, Pa./Pittston Area) each scored career highs with 22 and 21 points, respectively, but the Monmouth University women’s basketball team fell at Maryland Eastern Shore, 86-73, Tuesday afternoon at Hytche Arena. UMES (5-7) outscored MU, 19-1, to close the game, holding Monmouth (5-6) without a field goal for nearly the final six minutes of regulation.

Horvatinovic did her damage on 8-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-8 from long range. She scored 17 second-half points and hit four of her three-pointers in the latter stanza. Hopkins shot 9-for-13 from the floor, making all seven of her attempts from inside the three-point arc and going 2-for-6 from long range.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Mia Hopkins (Pittston, Pa./Pittston Area) led the Monmouth University women’s basketball team with 14 points off the bench, but the Hawks fell at Iona, 71-58, Friday evening at the Hynes Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 5-7 (1-2 MAAC), while the Gaels improve to 5-7 (2-1 MAAC) in earning a split of the season series.

Hopkins scored 11 points in the second half and made three of her four three-point field goals in the latter stanza. Jasmine Walker (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) added 13 points, while Jenny Horvatinovic (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion Area) added nine rebounds. Helena Kurt (Spanga, Sweden/Igelstavikens Gymnasium) chipped in with seven points, five rebounds and four assists.


Mia Hopkins has become the super-sub on the Monmouth University women’s basketball team.

Last updated: December 24. 2014 4:10PM - 1142 Views
By Bill Arsenault For Sunday Dispatch

Hopkins (Pittston Area) is a 5-foot-10 sophomore with the 5-5 Hawks. She played in all 33 games last season off the bench and averaged 4.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and hit 12 of 37 3-point attempts. This season, she’s played in all 10 games off the bench and is averaging 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds with 11 assists and 10 steals. She had nine points and four rebounds in just 13 minutes of action in a 75-65 loss to Marist recently.

“I think expectations for Mia were high going into this season,” coach Jenny Palmateer said. “Toward the end of last year, she was playing some good basketball and had really proven that she could be somebody who could help us this season.”

The coach calls Hopkins one of the best rebounders on the team, both offensively and defensively.

“Mia really runs the floor and she has the opportunity and the ability to put up some points,” Palmateer said. “She’s a gym rat. No one is in the gym working more to improve her game than Mia.”

Pittston Area grad Mia Hopkins continues to impress in sophomore season at Monmouth

Last updated: January 29. 2015 5:20PM

By Nick Wagner -

She has the drive. She has the determination. And she’s making every opportunity count.

Mia Hopkins, a 2013 Pittston Area graduate and the only Patriot girls basketball player to ever receive an NCAA Division 1 basketball scholarship, is currently a key factor in the Monmouth University women’s basketball team. And she still has two years left.

Hopkins, a sophomore guard for the Hawks, has taken every opportunity and turned it into an impressive start to her career.

Through the first half of the season, averaging 13 minutes of playing time, Hopkins is scoring just under 6 points and averaging 4 rebounds per game. Off the bench, she is just one of six Monmouth players to see the floor in every game this season. Of those six players, Hopkins is shooting a team-best 40 percent from the field.

While she doesn’t see the floor as much as some of her teammates, Hopkins is showing that she can play with the best of Division 1 players. Being a part of the team her freshman season made that happen.

“I worked pretty hard this summer and developed my three-point shot,” Hopkins said. “I’m not as nervous as I was last season. You just learn so much in one year of experience. You’re able to see so much more and understand things a lot more.”

When the calendar was ready to flip to 2015, Hopkins began to turn it on.

In 30 minutes of action against University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Dec. 30, Hopkins poured in a career-high 21 points. She was 9-of-13 from the field. In her next game, Hopkins rattled off another 14 points in a loss to Iona College. She made four threes. She filled in for an injured teammate and took advantage.

“I knew in my head I was going to get more time,” she said. “I basically prepared myself for that and that was one of my opportunities. I just went hard and kept playing.”

Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmeteer saw that drive and determination while scouting Hopkins while she was at Pittston Area. Hopkins has a nose for the basketball, on the offensive end and defensive end. She’s able to get up and down the floor quickly and create matchup problems for opposing teams.

“The first thing I remember watching her play was I loved her ability to really push the ball,” Palmeteer said. “She really got up and
down the court and fnished. I loved her attitude and her spirit. She’s someone who really has a passion for what’s she’s doing.”

That passion started at a very young age.

Hopkins has been around the game as far back as she can remember. She has pictures of herself carrying a basketball around her home. She even remembers the first time she made a basket in her driveway. Over the course of the rest of the season, and through the next two years, Hopkins wants to use that passion to help her get to the next level of her college career.

“Remembering why I fell in love with the game of basketball,” she said. “When things aren’t going your way you have to fall back and remember why you’re playing. That’s definitely the key with my family being there for me through all the ups and downs. That’s the really why I’m here.”

Monmouth is sitting at 8-11 overall and 4-6 in the Middle Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The Hawks, however, seem to be catching some momentum.

In their last game, which Hopkins wasn’t able to get into the score sheet in her 10 minutes of play, the Hawks held Fairfield University to 33 points. The 33 points were the fewest allowed by the Hawks in nearly five years.

Hopkins is a force on the defensive end, according to Palmateer. Her rebounding is a big reason why.

“Her rebounding is definitely one of her biggest strengths,” Palmateer said. “She has just a nose for the ball. She has a high motor. Half the battle is going and getting it. She’s always willing to do that. I give her credit.”

Hopkins contributes that to her aggressiveness.

“I feel like it’s an aggressive way of doing things,” she said. “I’ve always had a nose for the ball when a shot is going up. I go for it. I can’t explain it better than that. When I’m in that aggressive mode I get hungry for the ball.”

As a freshman for the Hawks, Hopkins saw considerable minutes in all 33 games off the bench. Last season, she averaged just shy of 5 points and 3 rebounds per game. She shot a team-best 35 percent from the three-poin
t line and an impressive 45 percent from the field overall.

Hopkins scored a then-career high 15 points in a game against Siena College last March. Although her numbers seem to be very similiar to last year’s statistics, both Hopkins and Palmeteer see improvement.

“She’s improved so much from last year,” Palmateer said. “I have no doubt she will continue to keep climbing and learning. She has such a passion for the game. I don’t know if anyone on our team has that. I can’t wait to see what she’a able to do. The sky is the limit for her.”

Prior to selecting Monmouth to continue her hoops career, Hopkins turned in an impressive resume at Pittston Area. There, she became the first Division 1 scholarship player from the high school. She recorded over 1,500 p
oints and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds in her varsity career.

She was named a Pennsylvania Sportswriters All-State selection her junior and senior years, and was nominated as a McDonald’s All-American as a senior. Her junior year was most impressive. In 2012, she averaged 20 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks per game.

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