One of the best point guards in the history of Nebraska women's basketball, Kathy Hawkins was a leader on the Huskers' early teams.
The 5-6 guard from Omaha still ranks among the top 10 players in Husker history with 336 career assists despite playing just two seasons of varsity basketball at Nebraska. In her first varsity season in 1975-76, Hawkins dished out 191 assists while starting all 31 games for the Huskers. Her assist mark tied for the second-highest total in school history, trailing only the 195 assists by Meggan Yedsena in 1991-92.
Hawkins still owns the top three single-game assist marks in Nebraska history, including 19 assists against Nebraska-Kearney on Feb. 17, 1976. She added 17 assists against Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 17, 1976, and 15 against UNO on Jan. 28, 1976.
A talented all-around offensive player, Hawkins also produced a career-high 25 points on at least two occasions, with those totals coming in both the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons.
In two seasons, Hawkins finished with 764 points, 338 rebounds and 336 assists. In 68 career varsity starts, she averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
In 1975-76, Hawkins helped the Huskers to a 23-9 overall record by starting 31 games. She averaged 12.7 points per game to rank second on the team in scoring, while leading NU with 6.2 assists per game. She also pitched in 5.0 rebounds per contest. She shot 43.4 percent (177-407) from the field and 46.1 percent (42-91) from the free throw line.
In her final season in 1976-77, Hawkins started all 37 games to help NU to a 21-16 mark. She averaged 10.1 points per game while shooting 45.8 percent (164-358) from the field and 51.3 percent (40-78) at the free throw line. She added 5.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest.
Hawkins also started every game on Nebraska's 1974-75 team that became the first women's team to compete at Nebraska. No official statistics have been maintained from that season and varsity letters were not awarded, but unofficially Hawkins scored 186 points that season.