FLUSHING, N.Y. – Queens College head women's basketball coach Elizabeth Naumovski has announced that Taliyah Hopkins of Cheektowaga, N.Y., will be joining the Knights for the upcoming season.
Hopkins comes to Queens after spending the last two seasons at Niagara County Community College. A 5-foot-11 guard, Hopkins averaged 12.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game over her two seasons with the Thunderwolves.
"Taliyah is a skilled guard with tremendous versatility," said Naumovski. "She is a natural talent with great instincts that make everyone around her better."
Last season, Hopkins earned a spot on the NJCAA Division II All-America Third Team after averaging 13.8 points, 6.0 rebound, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals per contest as a sophomore. She helped lead the Thunderwolves to a 26-5 overall record as well as their second consecutive trip to the Region III Division II title game, earning first team all-region honors. As a freshman, Hopkins claimed second team all-region after posting 11.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
"Taliyah is a competitor," Naumovski added. "And I believe she has the potential to be a very special player. I'm excited about the opportunity to coach her and develop her potential both on and off the court."
In high school, Hopkins starred on the Cheektowaga Central High School team. As a senior, she led the Lady Warriors to a 14-7 record and a spot in the Section VI Class A-2 finals after posting a double-double of 16 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four blocks in the semifinals.