#1 Riverdale Baptist 25-2 (Upper Marlboro, MD)


No. Name Ht. Position Year
2 Candace Bond 6-0 Forward Senior
3 Jasmine Mungo 5-11 Forward Freshman
13 Lindsey Perkins 5-10 Forward Junior
15 Rahneeka Saunders 5-6 Guard Senior
21 Tianna Hawkins 6-3 Forward/Center     
22 Ulyssia Richmond 5-8 Guard Junior
24 Tierra Hawkins 6-1 Forward/Center Junior
25 Ataira Franklin 5-11 Guard Junior
30 Caitlin Grant 5-7 Forward Sophomore
42 Jazzmine Johnson 5-8 Guard Junior

Head Coach: Gina Miller — 81-12 in three years at Riverdale Baptist

Tianna Hawkins
Hawkins transferred to Riverdale two years ago and has since developed into a proven leader with a polished post game. The Maryland recruit serves as the team’s catalyst in crunch time. She averages  17 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Ataira Franklin
Franklin, a co-captain along with Hawkins, is an all-around performer and great communicator on the court. The Virginia recruit has played on varsity since her freshman season. She’s averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game.

Jazzmine Johnson
Johnson has thrived since being inserted into the starting lineup this season. One of the team’s few lefties, Johnson is a superb defender. Johnson, who’s averaging nine points, three assists and 3.8 steals per game, is being recruited by Clemson, Rider and Seton Hall.

At December’s Nike Tournament of Champions, Riverdale upset Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), then ranked No. 1 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50.  Riverdale hasn’t lost since. The Crusaders have used defense to beat the best teams from Maryland, giving up 42.2 points per game. The Crusaders also won their third consecutive National Association of Christian Athletes title by topping Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 53-50.

Coach Gina Miller's favorite motto comes from former UCLA coach John Wooden: "The only reward for hard work is hard work."

The Crusaders' slogan this year has been, "If we play like we play when we play, we can't be beat."

To pay respect to the late N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow, coach Miller had her team participate in the WBCA Pink Zone, a global effort to raise awareness for breast cancer. Miller played for Kay's sister Susan, at East Tennessee State in the 1980s. The Crusaders also volunteered at a local clinic benefiting children with intellectual disabilities.