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Mystics give Tianna Hawkins a one-year contract extension ahead of playoff run

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The Washington Mystics have announced that forward Tianna Hawkins has signed a contract extension that will keep her with the team through the 2020 season.

Hawkins, 28, is averaging a career-high 9.1 points on the season and is the top bench player in the rotation for the Mystics. Consistently she plays minutes with the starters and can lead the second unit, stretching the floor when need be.  At 6-3 she is the third tallest player on the roster and she brings down 4.0 rebounds per game.

D.C. is Hawkins home as she has spent five of her six WNBA seasons with the Mystics. She was originally a first-round selection of the Seattle Storm in 2013. Before being drafted she was a standout in College Park, playing for the University of Maryland.

“I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to continue my career here in D.C.,” Hawkins said in a Mystics release. “Being a part of such a great organization and surrounded by the best coaches and teammates in the league has been nothing short of amazing. I am truly blessed for the opportunity and focused on our main goal this season!”

Signing Hawkins before the team’s playoff run shows a commitment to bring back a significant crop of role players for next season. Last year the team made it to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. This season, with a similar roster, they are looking to “Run it Back” and take it one step further by claiming the title. All season they’ve been near the top of the WNBA standings. With a week left in the season, Washington is set to claim the No. 1 seed.

 

Other stars, Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver, and Emma Meesseman, however, are without commitments to the Mystics past this year. But Hawkins now joins LaToya Sanders, Ariel Atkins and Aerial Powers as Mystics under contract for 2020.

At the end of this season, Hawkins was set to become a free agent for the first time. This season she earned $70,000, the sixth-most on the team.

No details on the contract amount have been officially announced. It is a reported deal of $71,400 by High Post Hoops.

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