Hayley Hodgins, Venky Jois Named March Scholar-Athletes

Redshirt sophomore women's basketball student-athlete Hayley Hodgins and sophomore men's basketball student-athlete Venky Jois have been selected by the Eastern Washington University Athletic Department as the March Scholar-Athletes of the Month, announced Monday, Mar. 3.

Hodgins is a health service administration major with a 3.79 grade point average after graduating from Chiawana High School in Pasco, Wash., in 2011. Jois, a 2012 graduate of Box Hill High School in Boronia, Australia, is majoring in biology with a 3.70 grade point average.

The Big Sky Freshman of the Year a season ago, Hodgins is averaging 13.6 points per game, good for second on the team and eighth in the Big Sky. She is shooting 39.7 percent from three-point range and currently ranks ninth all-time in EWU history in career three-pointers made with 94.

Hodgins helped the Eagles finish February with a 7-1 record, its best mark since the 1985-86 season. She scored in double figures in seven of EWU's eight games last month including a 22-point effort at Northern Arizona on Feb. 15.

Jois, who earned Big Sky Freshman of the Year honors following the 2012-13 season, ranks second on the team in scoring with an average of 13.6 points per game while his 8.0 rebounds per game lead the Eagles and rank fourth in the league. He is shooting 52.8 percent from the field, good for second on the team, and paces EWU with 1.4 blocks per game.

Jois broke the career record for blocked shots against Sacramento state on Feb. 13, giving him 100 career rejections. He recorded a career-high 29 points to go along with 13 rebounds in Eastern's win at Southern Utah on Feb. 22, propelling EWU to a 6-2 record in February.

2013-14 Scholar-Athletes

March – Hayley Hodgins (Women's Basketball) and Venky Jois (Men's Basketball)
 Lexie Nelson (Women's Basketball) and Tyler Harvey (Men's Basketball)
 – Aubrey Ashenfelter (Women’s Basketball) and Ashton Miller (Football)
December – Allie Schumacher (Volleyball) and Cooper Kupp (Football)
November – Katie Mahoney (Women’s Cross Country) and Ronnie Hamlin (Football)
October – Cassie Black (Women’s Soccer) and Ashton Clark (Football)

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