By Brad Blume, Sports Information Director
RAPID CITY --- South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball player Hillary Hawkins has had a strong start to the 2012-13 season. In just seven games, Hawkins has broken the all-time three-point goals made record and scored over 1,000 points in the process. Not bad at all.
The 5-foot-7-inch guard from Elizabeth, Colo., became the all-time three-point goals made record holder just two games into the season. Hawkins needed just seven long-range baskets, which she earned during play last weekend in Aberdeen against Northern State.
"It was great to see Hillary accomplish that feat," said Lady Hardrocker basketball head coach Barb Felderman. "She is well deserving of that record. I'm sure she will put in a few more this season."
The record was previously held by Ann (Konechne) Traphagen (1994-99) who had 147. Hawkins was third heading into the season - behind Konechne and Katie Norman (148) - continues to add to her total. She currently has 162 so far this year.
During the US Bank Thanksgiving Classic this past weekend, the Chemical Engineering major also surpasses the 1,000-point mark in her Lady Hardrocker career. Hawkins became the 25th SD Mines women's basketball player to reach that milestone.
Hawkins has already recorded 81 points this season and is averaging 11.6 a game. She is also a key factor in the Lady Hardrockers' 5-2 record, four-game winning streak and undefeated home record so far this season.
The Hardrockers are back in action Saturday at the King Center against Dickinson State. The game is slated to start at 2 p.m.