Women's Basketball

WBB: Iowa State announces the addition of Shantavia Dawkins

Iowa State head women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly advises his players between quarters in a non-conference basketball game against Drake University on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball program and Head Coach Bill Fennelly announced Wednesday the signing of Shantavia Dawkins, who inked a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cyclones. Dawkins, who hails from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, becomes Iowa State’s third recruit from Canada, joining Bridget Carleton and current Cyclone Izzi Zingaro.

“We are excited to add Shantavia to the Iowa State family,” Fennelly said. “Shantavia comes out of a great program at Southwest Academy in Canada. She is explosive off the bounce and is a willing defender. We feel Shantavia can add to our guard court while giving us a different look at the position.”

Shantavia Dawkins is a 5-10 guard who averaged 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game with Southwest Academy, earning OSBA All-District honors. She was named to Team Ontario and Biosteel All-Canadian in 2019.

Dawkins will compete for the Cyclones in 2022-23 as a freshman.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.