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Home Education School University of Maryland’s Tianna Hawkins blossoms on the basketball court

University of Maryland’s Tianna Hawkins blossoms on the basketball court

UMD Terp's Tianna HawkinsBy Cheryl Clemens

Most athletes’ careers begin on a court or a field. University of Maryland basketball player Tianna Hawkins’ began in a grocery store in Upper Marlboro.

That’s where a community league basketball coach spotted her and her twin, Tierra, and was struck by how tall they were. Even though they were only eighth graders, the girls were nearing 6 feet tall.

“He asked me if they played basketball and when I said no, he invited them out to a game,” recalls their mother, Latanya Hawkins of Clinton.

Tianna remembers that day clearly. “We’d never played basketball, but he put us in and just told us what to do. I remember running up and down the court not knowing what I was doing, but it was a lot of fun.”

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