January 23, 2018

Lyndon's Hodge Selected USBWA Division III National Player of the Week

Lyndon senior Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the Week for the week ending January 21.

To read the full USBWA release, click HERE.

Hodge, a 6-1 senior center from Newbury, Vermont, averaged 31.1 points and 19 rebounds in Lyndon's back-to-back North Atlantic Conference (NAC) games last week. On Friday, the Hornets (10-6, 6-3) fell to Maine Maritime 62-52 despite Hodge's double-double of 23 points (7-of-13 FG, 6-6 FT, 3-of-5 3FG) and 11 rebounds. She also tallied three assists and a steal in the contest. Then, in an 89-83 double-overtime win against Husson, Hodge posted career-highs of 40 points (11-of-22 FG, 11-of-12 FT, 7-of-14 3FG) and 27 rebounds (the second-highest total in NCAA Division III this season) while playing all 50 minutes and adding two assists, one steal and one block. Her three-pointer with 1:51 left in the second overtime broke an 81-81 tie, while her four free throws in the last 15 seconds clinched the victory. For the week, Hodge shot 51.4 percent (18-of-35) from the field, 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from three-point range and a near-perfect 94.4 percent (17-of-18) from the charity stripe. Hodge, who has posted a double-double in every game this season, was also named the NAC Player of the Week.

Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the fourth season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.