September 22, 2020 

Stanford’s Maya Dodson opts out of 2020-21 season

The forward is entering her senior season for the Cardinal

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Stanford, CA-Stanford’s Maya Dodson (No. 15) shoots the ball over Oregon State’s Taylor Jones (No. 44) at Maples Pavilion on Feb. 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Stanford Cardinal forward Maya Dodson announced on social media that she would be opting out of the 2020-21 women’s basketball season. The senior pointed to concerns about the uncertainty brought by the pandemic and the “complicated political and social justice climates.”

Dodson wrote, “I will miss the selfless, driven, and competitive atmosphere that my teammates consistently create each day that brings me so much joy. As a senior, I will take leadership in stride and support them in any way I can from a far.”

Dodson missed the first 24 games of the 2019-20 season as she rehabbed a left foot injury, but she was expected to be a big part of a Cardinal team that always has Pac-12 and national title aspirations. When she returned for the final nine games last season, she quickly showed her importance to Stanford’s interior game by earning a starting role in the last seven contests.

In her three years on the Farm, Dodson has averaged 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. She has a career shooting average of 49.7 percent.

Before arriving in Palo Alto, Dodson served as captain for Team USA at the FIBA U17 World Championships. The team took the bronze medal in Zaragoza, Spain.

Written by Kim Doss

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