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‘Keep It in the Family’

Delaney Hodgins (center) could become Eastern Washington’s career sports leader this season in women’s basketball, breaking the school’s current high set by her sister Hayley (second from right) in 2016. The women are pictured with their dad, Mike; sister Braydey; and mom, Karen. SUBMITTED BY THE HODGINS FAMILY

Brenda Souther’s career scoring record at Eastern Washington stood for nearly three decades until Hayley Hodgins broke it in 2016.

Hodgins’ mark figures to last just two years. The person to blame? Her sister.

Delaney Hodgins enters her senior season on the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team in fifth place on the all-time scoring list at 1,428 points, just 437 shy of her older sister’s 1,865. If the younger Hodgins continues her junior year pace of 17.5 points per game, she would break the record in February.

“It’s surreal,” says Delaney, a health informatics major. “I never thought about catching her at all. I’m really blessed to have her, and I got to learn a lot when she was here.”

The sisters aren’t the only scoring record-setters in their family. Their mom, Karen (Murray) Hodgins, played at Washington from 1980 to 1984, averaging 16.3 points per game and, of course, setting a Husky career scoring record that held for 11 years.

Washington legend Kelsey Plum, who broke the all-time Division I mark last season, doubled Hodgins’ career total, but the mother of three daughters proudly points out she still holds the school’s career field goal percentage record at 54.1.

That’s right: There is a third Hodgins sister. The youngest, Braydey, led Boise State last year in 3-point accuracy, hitting 39.5 percent as a freshman.

Hayley, who graduated with a degree in health services administration before getting her master’s in public health, played two seasons with her sister at Eastern Washington. “I had to treat her the same, but secretly, I was wanting her to do better than the average freshman,” she says.

Recently hired as the varsity girls basketball coach at Richland High School in Washington, just a two-hour drive from the Eastern Washington campus, Hayley hopes to be in attendance when her sister breaks her record.

Says the current record-holder: “I’ve always said it’d be a good thing to keep it in the family.”

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