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EWU’s Hayley Hodgins named Big Sky player of week

EWU senior guard Hayley Hodgins is the Big Sky player of the week. (Courtesy of EWU)
EWU senior guard Hayley Hodgins is the Big Sky player of the week. (Courtesy of EWU)

Eastern Washington senior guard Hayley Hodgins has been named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week.

The weekly honor is the first for Hodgins this season and just the second in her career.

“This honor is a well-deserved award for Hayley,” said EWU head coach Wendy Schuller. “It’s great to see her get the recognition she deserves. She’s played outstanding basketball all season and has continued to shine as one of the better players in the Big Sky Conference.”

Hodgins propelled the Eagles (7-0) to home wins over Montana State and Montana this past week, preserving EWU’s status as the league’s lone unbeaten team. She averaged 28.5 points per game over the two games while shooting 62.2 percent from the field and a stunning 69.2 percent from 3-point range (9-13).

She scored a career-high 34 points Thursday in Eastern’s 81-69 win over Montana State, which was undefeated in league play going into the game. She went 13-of-19 from the field and 6-of-8 from 3-point range. She added four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot.

Hodgins followed that up with a game-high 23 points in the Eagles’ 67-65 buzzer beating win over Montana on Saturday. She finished 10-of-18 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Her scoring average ranks 20th nationally, while her average of 2.95 3-pointers per game is good for 17th nationally . Her 3-point field goal percentage ranks 18th.

Hodgins shares this week’s honor with Sacramento State’s Brianna Burgos.

EWU is back in action on Thursday at Portland State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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