By R.L. Bynum
Talented 5-foot-9 guard Eva Hodgson is transferring from William & Mary to North Carolina and will have two years of eligibility in Chapel Hill.
Hodgson, who opted out of last season because of COVID-19 concerns, was the CAA rookie of the year in the 2018–19 season and was an All-CAA pick in the 2019–20 season. Hodgson, who will graduate from W&M in May and pursue her MBA at Carolina, entered the transfer portal Feb. 2.
Hodgson, who is from Rindge, N.H., is the second guard transfer for the Tar Heels.
In March, Princeton point guard Carlie Littlefield, a two-time All-Ivy League selection, announced that she is transferring to UNC. Like Hodgson, Littlefield didn’t play last season. In her case, though, it was because the Ivy League didn’t have a women’s basketball season.
The two transfers add to the influx of talent for UNC’s program, which is welcoming the No. 2 incoming freshman class in the country. The four members of that class all are ranked by ESPN in the top 20: No. 9 wing Teonni Key, No. 17 point guard Kayla McPherson, No. 18 giard Morasha Wiggins and No. 20 Destiny Adams.
Hodgson broke school records during her sophomore year for points (599), scoring average (20.7), free throws (176) and free-throw percentage (91.2%), the latter ranking her fourth in the country. The scoring average led the CAA and was eighth in the country as the Tribe went 21–8. She led the CAA in field-goal percentage and was 34th in the country (54%) and shot 43% from 3-point range.
She scored in double figures in all but one game and, in consecutive games, scored 34 at Elon on Jan. 31, 2000, and 30 at Charleston on Feb. 7, 2020.
UNC women’s basketball roster
|RS Jr.||Ariel Young||W||6–1|
|RS Sr.||Jaelynn Murray||F||6–2|
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