Maya Dodson goes to WNBA after NCAA denial

Notre Dame's Maya Dodson (0) during an NCAA basketball game against Ohio on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

SOUTH BEND — For aspiring pro basketball player maya dodsonwhat happened Monday night was a joyous, long-imagined, long-chased moment … and a consolation.

Dodson saw her name called during the WNBA draft. She went early in the third round with the 26th overall pick to the phoenixmercury.

Yet, it still felt like a consolation.

Even as rising projections for Dodson as a pro took shape over the final two-thirds of what would be her final collegiate season, and her first with Notre Dame, and even though she’s 23 and has been a college student since 2017, she desperately wanted one more year with the Irish.

On that, Dodson never wavered.

The problem is, the NCAA never waived.

“I’ve definitely loved playing here and wanted to come back, but it didn’t work out,” Dodson said Tuesday afternoon, a day ahead of her flight to Phoenix.

It wasn’t for lack of trying that it didn’t work out.

► WNBA Draft:Notre Dame women’s basketball’s Maya Dodson goes to Phoenix with No. 26 pick

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