Hawkins snares third MIAA Athlete of the Week honor


January 14th, 2020 by Chris Parks

For the third time this season, Northwest Missouri State junior forward Ryan Hawkins has been named the MIAA’s Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week.

Hawkins (Atlantic, Iowa) averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and shot 53.1 percent from the field in leading Northwest to a pair of road MIAA victories. Hawkins played all 80 minutes in the two games.

Hawkins collected his third double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 71-56 win at Emporia State.

Hawkins scored a game-high 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting and grabbed four rebounds to go along with five steals in a 73-68 victory at Washburn. Hawkins hit a driving left-hand layup with 3:38 to play and added two free throws with 2:33 left to put Northwest on top of Washburn for good at 66-65. It was the fourth 30-point plus scoring game this season for Hawkins.

Hawkins leads the league in scoring (23.6 ppg) and in steals (2.2 spg). He is second in the MIAA in three-point field goals made (45) and in three-point field goal percentage (45.0%). He ranks third in the league in field goal percentage (56.3%) and in minutes per game (34.6 mpg).

The Bearcats will play a single game this week on Saturday at home against Missouri Western. Tip is set for 3:30 p.m. in Bearcat Arena following the women’s matchup between Missouri Western and Northwest.