COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior attacker Rainey Hodgson has been named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week in recognition of her performance Saturday in the 16-13 win over No. 9 Penn State. The honor is the first of her career and the fourth overall for the Buckeyes this season.
Hodgson, from West Islip, N.Y., recorded a career-high eight points with four goals and four assists and added three ground balls as Ohio State won its ninth game in a row. She scored three of her goals in the second half to help fend off a Penn State rally. Overall, Hodgson scored or assisted on seven of Ohio State’s final 10 goals to help secure the win.
Hodgson’s biggest assist came in the final seconds of the first half as she danced behind the cage and hit a cutting Christine Easton who fired a goal past the PSU keeper at the halftime horn, part of a 5-0 Buckeye run.
Then late in the second half, with Ohio State leading 14-12 with 9 minutes remaining, she found Morgan Castelein for a goal to push the lead back to three, then scored the dagger to make it a four-goal game with 3:45 remaining.
Hodgson leads the Big Ten with 2.1 assists per game and is second behind teammate Cian Dabrowski (4.4) with 4.0 points per game.
Ohio State will take its nine-game win streak to No. 1 Maryland (12-0, 2-0) this Saturday. Game is scheduled for Noon ET on BTN Plus.
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