Wichita State Shockers

Lisa Hodgson joins dad in Shocker Sports Hall of Fame

Lisa Hodgson played at WSU from 1980-84.
Lisa Hodgson played at WSU from 1980-84.

The Hodgsons are the first two-generation family in the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame. Bob Hodgson starred as a basketball player from 1953-56. His success in the sport started his daughter, Lisa, on a similar path.

Lisa Hodgson is one of six former Shockers who will be inducted during halftime of Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Indiana State. The celebration started with Friday’s banquet at Koch Arena.

Hodgson played women’s basketball from 1980-84 and ranks seventh in program history with 1,424 points. Her first basketball memories are watching her father play AAU basketball around the Midwest and joining other children to shoot baskets at halftime. She grew up in Nickerson, where both parents taught at her elementary school. Marilyn, her mother, died in 2000. She also has a brother, Darren.

“They were my biggest cheerleaders,” she said.

Bob Hodgson, a 6-foot-6 center who averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as a senior for the Shockers, took his daughter on many of his AAU trips while playing for teams in Hutchinson and Nickerson after college. He remembers a tournament in Ponca City, Okla., where fans enjoyed watching her play one-on-one with another youngster so much they tried to delay the teams from warming up.

“The crowd would not let the teams back on the floor,” he said.

Lisa Hodgson, a 5-foot-9 guard from Nickerson, earned All-Gateway Conference (forerunner to the Missouri Valley Conference) honors in 1983 and 1984 and Kodak All-District V honors in 1983. She remembers telling friends her goal was to try out for the Olympic team. In 1984, she went to Colorado Springs for the Olympic Trials, coached by Pat Summitt.

Her top memories include beating MVC power Drake and playing Old Dominion and center Anne Donovan in Alaska. She guarded Lynette Woodward when the Shockers played Kansas. WSU went 20-11 during her freshman season and defeated Kansas State in an AIAW (before the NCAA adopted women’s athletics) postseason game in Emporia.

She also remembers unofficial moments, such as when former Shocker men’s star Aubrey Sherrod worked with her on one-on-one moves. The men’s team sometimes asked her to play pickup games and she will never forget bringing the ball down court and seeing Xavier McDaniel going to the basket.

“I just threw the ball up in the air and he skies up for it and slams it down,” she said. “I loved being a Shocker. I still love being a Shocker.”

She averaged 12.7 points for her career, making 47.3 percent of her shots. She led WSU in scoring as a sophomore (13.1 points), junior (16.8) and senior (15.9). As a senior, she ranked second on the team with 117 assists.

“I loved to shoot the ball,” she said. “The coaches might not have thought so, but to me there was nothing out of my range.”

She missed the three-point line by three seasons. When she watches basketball today, she notices an increased emphasis on defense and a more physical style of play.

“If the three-point goal would have been in her time, I think her record would be way up where nobody would touch it,” Bob Hodgson said.

Bob Hodgson joined the hall of fame in 2002 and said he told his daughter they should be inducted together. Twelve years later, the Hodgsons are a hall of fame family.

•  Baseball player Todd Dreifort played outfield from 1989-92 and earned second-team All-American honors from Baseball America and All-MVC honors in 1992. He played on WSU’s 1989 national champions, claiming a spot on the all-tournament team, and returned to the College World Series in 1991 and 1992.

•  Football player Lynn Duncan earned All-MVC and third-team All-American honors as a defensive tackle in 1969. He was named team MVP in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

•  Basketball player Robert Elmore averaged 14.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in four seasons (1973-77) at WSU. He is second on WSU’s career list with 1,039 rebounds, 132 blocks and an average of 12.4 rebounds. He is one of 42 players to earn first-team All-MVC honors three times.

•  Basketball player Jason Perez earned second-team All-MVC honors in 1999 and first team in 2000. He ranks sixth on WSU’s career scoring list with 1,839 points and first with 22 steals. He averaged 15.7 points and 5.6 rebounds for his career and is the only Shocker to be named Wichita Eagle team MVP four times.

•  Basketball player Joe Stevens played from 1955-58 and finished his career as the program’s second-leading scorer with 1,295 points. He earned All-MVC honors in 1957. He also finished his career with free-throw accuracy of 80.8 percent, then first in program history.