Hawkins Racks Up First Weekly Honor of the Season
Courtney Hawkins' season-high 22 points helped rally the Spartans past IUPUI. <I>Image courtesy of USC Upstate athletics.</I>
Courtney Hawkins' season-high 22 points helped rally the Spartans past IUPUI. Image courtesy of USC Upstate athletics.

Monday, December 01, 2008

MACON, Ga. - USC Upstate guard Courtney Hawkins led the Atlantic Sun in scoring a year ago, and on Tuesday night the junior's team-high 22 points powered the Spartans past IUPUI for the school's first 4-0 start since the 1994-95 season. Hawkins' efforts earned her the first Player of the Week honor of her career, the conference office announced, Monday.

Hawkins scored 19 of her team-high 22 points in the second half to lead Upstate to a come-from-behind win over The Summit League's IUPUI. The Greer, S.C. native hit three 3-pointers in the half as the Spartans ruined IUPUI's debut at the home of the Indiana Pacers, Conseco Fieldhouse. Hawkins hit all four 3-pointers she attempted on the night. The communications major hit a three to cut the Jags' lead to one with 16:00 left in the game and added back-to-back jumpers later in the half to give Upstate a seven-point lead with 9:36 left. Hawkins also added five rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Other Top Performers:
Siarre Evans, ETSU (Jr. – G - Griffin, Ga. – Sport Management) – Evans posted her second straight double-double effort in the Lady Bucs first win of the season against Appalachian State, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds (both game highs).

Adrianne McNally, FGCU (Jr. – F – Howell, Mich. – Pre-Nursing) – McNally averaged 15 points and 7.7 rebounds in the Eagles three games last week, all wins

Amber Rockwell, Belmont (Jr. – G – Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Exercise Science) – Rockwell notched a game-high 26 points against Alcorn State last week.