Beaver Dam High School senior Paige Hodgson recently committed to play NCAA Division One women’s college basketball at Northern Kentucky, which is about 10 minutes south of Cincinnati in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
Hodgson told DailyDodge.com that Northern Kentucky coach Camryn Whitaker and her staff first made contact just before the pandemic hit. She says they were in communication for a few months, which eventually led to a campus visit. Hodgson says that once she was on campus, she got the gut feeling that NKU was the place she was supposed to be.
Northern Kentucky competes in the Horizon League which also includes UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee. Last season they went 20-12 and finished 4th in the Horizon League standings. The verbal commitment ends a recruiting process for Hodgson that started in 8th grade. At various points of her recruiting, Hodgson had been offered scholarships from UW-Green Bay, North Dakota, North Dakota State, IUPUI, Valparaiso, and Nebraska-Omaha.
The 6’3 forward averaged 5.6 points per game during her junior season and connected on 31% of her three-point attempts. Once she graduates from Beaver Dam, Hodgson says she may study to be a physician’s assistant or pre-med.
Hodgson is the third senior member of Beaver Dam High School girls basketball team to commit to play college basketball after graduating in the spring of 2021. Natalie Jens committed to play at NCAA Division 2 Minnesota State-Moorhead last month and last week Maty Wilke announced she would accept a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin.
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