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Tianna Hawkins scores AU-record 38 points in Team Brown win

(Jade Hewitt/Athletes Unlimited)

Team Brown took down Team Russell 98-85 on Friday behind a big night from forward Tianna Hawkins.

Hawkins set a single-game record for points, contributing 38 points to help lead Team Brown to victory on Friday. The 13-point win was the largest of the season.

“I was definitely feeling it, my teammates did a good job of finding me in transition, on the pops, the rolls – if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have 38,” said Hawkins “Lexie knows what she is doing and knew what she was talking about.”

The forward made 14-of-18 field goals, setting a season-high for made field goals in Athletes Unlimited. Her 17 fourth-quarter points ties with Odyssey Sims for the most by a player in a single quarter this season.

Hawkins was named MVP 1 for her efforts and earned a total of 715 points, the first to eclipse the 700 number in total points. She now sits fourth on the leaderboard, just 65 points back of Isabelle Harrison.

She has 1,234 total points on the week through two games, leading all players. Lexie Brown has earned the second-most points of the week with 931, 303 points behind Hawkins.

Taj Cole contributed 23 points and six assists while Jessica Kuster added a season-high 12 points.

Team Brown is now 2-0 in Week 2 following the best shooting performance by a team in AU Basketball this season (54.8 percent).

“At the end of the day the wins count the most, so I wasn’t really concerned about my points,” said Brown. “Rebounding, assists, steals – they’re kind of what I’m focused on; and winning the games. If you get points that’s kind of an extra thing for me.

“I knew Tianna could shoot, I didn’t know she could shoot like that.”

Team Russell was led by captain Mercedes Russell and MeMe Jackson, who had 17 points each. Nikki Greene had 15 points and six rebounds.

The other big performance of the night game from Courtney Williams in the matchup between Team Cloud and Team Harrison. Williams led all scorers with 30 points and nine rebounds to lead Team Harrison to the 95-89 win.