GREENVILLE, S.C. — The college basketball career of former Surry Homeschool star Hannah Tompkins ended with one more accolade following her team’s South Region Tournament title and first-ever trip to the N.C. Christian College Athletic Association championship tournament.
Tompkins, a 5’5” senior guard, had expected her career at Bob Jones University to end at the end of Lady Bruins’ regular season, but the team caught fire at the regional tournament, and won the title from the third seed, earning the team an automatic bid to the NCCAA Division II Championships in Ankeny, Iowa. Bob Jones ended the season as the nation’s sixth-ranked team.
On March 15, the NCCAA announced that Tompkins had been named a second-team All-American, making her one of only a few BJU women’s basketball players to receive such an honor.
“Hannah is just the epitome of what a coach is looking for in players,” BJU head coach Mike LeViere said. “She sets the standard for work in our program.”
As a fifth-year senior, Tompkins averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. She was the team’s leading scorer and also led the Lady Bruins with 42 assists and with her average of 31.9 minutes per contest. In her senior season, she was chosen as the PlanFirst Player of the Game in five different weeks.
In the first round of the regional tournament, Tompkins joined Bob Jones’ 1,000 career point club in an 88-29 win over Piedmont International University. She scored 22 points in that game.
Following the regional tournament, in which Tompkins excelled in wins over Piedmont, Trinity College and Pensacola Christian in order to give Bob Jones its first-ever regional title and trip to the national championship tournament, she was named as first-team All-South Region. Had the Lady Bruins not won the regional title, her college career would have ended, as the team’s record wasn’t strong enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCCAA’s version of “March Madness.”
With 1:48 remaining in the regional final against rival Pensacola Christian, including her former high school teammate Jessica Boyd, Bob Jones was clinging to a 70-66 lead after having led by 10 four minutes earlier. She knocked down a 3-pointer that helped the Lady Bruins gain some breathing room and pull out the win that kept her college career alive.
Tompkins will graduate this spring with a degree in special education.
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