Vibrant basketball player lights up court with spirit


DVC Basketball star Ashley Hudson (Photo by Chris Corbin/2010 The Inquirer)

Ashley Hudson’s teammates and family enjoy her talkative, friendly nature, while her opponents on the basketball court get acquainted with her competitive nature.

Hudson got her start at age 9 playing for her dad as a member of the Trailblazers at the Boys and Girls Club, and has since become a vital part of DVC’s basketball team.

“She helped us a lot in terms of scoring, passing, and rebounding,” said her teammate, Sessa Johnson. “It was fun playing with her.”

Hudson made the all-conference team her senior year at Pittsburg High School and again this past season playing with DVC, receiving honorable mention in both her junior year in high school and freshman year at DVC.

And in addition to leading the Big 8 Conference in scoring this past season with 21 points per game, Hudson was second on the team in rebounds and steals, averaging nearly nine rebounds and two steals per game, helping her team to finish third place in the conference and earn a spot in the playoffs.

Her brother, Aaron Hudson, who attends all of her games described her as “goofy” and noted her contribution to the team.

 “She’s always smiling and laughing,” he said. “She was pretty valuable [to the team]; her numbers were high in every category.”

Vikings head basketball coach Maureen Mattson mentioned the team’s need for Hudson to play both forward and post and said she had done a good job at both positions.

“She has a very friendly, bubbly personality,” Mattson said. “She is also very competitive, very active. 
“She’s going to be hard to replace in terms of her scoring and size. It’s going to be tough to fill her shoes.”

Hudson has been offered full scholarships to Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Notre Dame De Namur universities, and has decided to attend Cal State Dominguez Hills in the fall.

“It meant a lot,” Hudson said of the offers. “I’ll be the first in my family to get [a scholarship], so it’s pretty exciting.”

Aaron was also excited about his sister’s scholarships.

“It was pretty cool,” he said. “She should have gotten more, but I’m glad.”

Hudson is majoring in communications and hopes to one day put her bubbly personality to use on her own talk show.
“Talking to people is my specialty,” she said.

As for her time at DVC, she feels that she has matured both on and off the court.

“It’s put me in different situations where I’ve had to grow up and mature,” she said. “It’s been fun. Stressful, but fun.”


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