Even growing up with six siblings, Eva Hodgson has always made her voice known.
“My older brothers will tell you I’ve always tried to boss other people around,” she said. “I think it’s something that has been ingrained in me from the get-go. I also just have one of the bigger personalities in my family, and I’m naturally just always comfortable with voicing things.”
Now in her final year as a member of the North Carolina women’s basketball program, Hodgson’s voice has helped guide her to a key role for a team aspiring to keep dancing late into March this year.
“She’s a great cheerleader for her teammates,” head coach Courtney Banghart said. “She champions their success, she builds individual connections with them, she’s incredibly vocal so she can say things to people directly, she can say things in mass and she’s our most vocal in practice on a daily basis.”
Finding a home
Hodgson always dreamed of playing at the highest level of women’s college basketball.
After two years at William & Mary — where she set the single-season scoring record in her sophomore season — COVID-19 hit, and Hodgson decided to sit out in 2020, leaving her with two years of eligibility and the opportunity to move to a nationally competitive program.
As soon as Banghart reached out, Hodgson had people in her ear telling her she had to go play for the fellow New Hampshire native.
Aside from the hometown connection, Hodgson said UNC had everything she wanted, including a strong MBA program, a team filled with potential and, perhaps most importantly, community.