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Bowie native reaches milestone in college basketball career

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Published on: Thursday, February 07, 2013

By Brandy Simms

Virginia junior guard Ataira Franklin joined an elite group of players.

The Bowie native and former Riverdale Baptist standout became the 29th player in Virginia program history to score 1,000 points in her Cavalier career when she nailed a 3-pointer late in the second half of Virginia’s 69-57 victory over Boston College.

Franklin finished the game with 18 points, going 4-for-8 from three-point range. She also had five rebounds and two assists.

“It was great to get it at home,” Franklin said of reaching the 1,000-point milestone. “It is exciting and overwhelming, especially in the game. Afterwards, it feels great to be a part of the history of the university and be able to contribute. On top of that, it’s great to win.”

Terps honored

Maryland senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Alyssa Thomas have been named to the John R. Wooden Midseason Top 20 List.

Hawkins, a Clinton native, was named second team All-ACC last season.

“Tianna has made the biggest jump of any player I’ve ever coached, and that’s a credit to how much she’s invested in getting better,” said Maryland head coach Brenda Frese.

The Terps’ dynamic duo leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring and rebounding. Hawkins, a Riverdale Baptist graduate, averaged 19.1 points and 10.3 rebounds through Maryland’s first 20 games while Thomas, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, posted averages of 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

“Alyssa plays with a passion that very few can match,” said Frese. “Not only that, she demands the people around her get better. In anything we do that’s competitive, Alyssa leads the way. Her motor runs at a level most will never know.”

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