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EWU's Hodgins Sets Program Record and Family Record in Same Game

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With just seven points to go until history, it wasn't a question of if but a question of when Hayley Hodgins would break the Eastern Washington scoring record on Saturday afternoon against Portland State.

"I really just wanted to win, and if we won I'd probably get the six points or whatever," Hodgins said. "I just really took the pressure of myself. My team was really helpful, they helped me keep my mind off everything."

The answer to the question of when came late in the first quarter. With an assist from her younger sister Delaney, Hayley hit a layup and made history. She broke a record set nearly 30 years ago by Brenda Souther, who played at Eastern from 1983-87.

Head coach Wendy Schuller called timeout, allowing those at Reese Court the chance to celebrate the milestone.

"My parents were choking back tears," Hodgins says. "Curly, one of our biggest supporters in the crowd said he was crying. It shows how much I've brought to this program that I didn't even know. It's really humbling."

A brief break in the game (which the Eagles won 70-57) was unusual, but it gave the team and its supporters a chance to congratulate the EWU senior.

"I kind of though to myself, I don't think I've ever done this before, taken a picture at half court in the middle of a game," Schuller said, laughing. "I'm just so happy for Hayley.

Hodgins needed only seven points to break the school scoring record, but she need 19 to break another record; her mother Karen scored 1,745 points in her career at the University of Washington. Hayley passed that mark in the third quarter of the win on Saturday.  She now sits at 1,751 career points, and counting.

"Her joke would be that they didn't have a three-point line when she played," Hodgins says of her mother.

With the three-point line now in play, Hayley's record is not exactly safe; her school record or her family one. Her younger sister Delaney is only a sophomore at Eastern and is on pace to challenge, and possibly break Hayley's record.

"It's going to get broken," Hayley says. "I think I'd want my sister to break it more than someone else."

Delaney says it's not something the sisters have really talked about, but that it is something to strive for.

"I'm so happy for her. It just amazes me like all the work we put in, it just goes to show, we can all do it if we really try."

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