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HCA: Women’s basketball opens season against Utah State

The Cougars begin their 2018 quest today at 7:00 pm

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The Washington State women’s basketball program will start a new era today as they host Utah State to begin the 2018-2019 basketball season at 7 pm in Beasley Coliseum. Kamie Ethridge will look to turn things around for the Cougars in her first year with the team after spending the previous four years coaching at Northern Colorado where she was the 2018 Big Sky Coach of the Year.

While the coach may be new to the program, the players you will see on the court wont be. All-Pac-12 forward Borislava Hristova who led the team in scoring last year will return joining guards Alexys Swedlund and Chanelle Molina. Three others will be returning this year joining five newcomers to the team

Hristova led the team with 17.8 points per game had an incredible season last year where she was ranked third in the conference in points per game. After her performance last season that also included her missing three games with an injury, she landed on the Cheryl Miller Watch List this year which currently has 20 of the best forwards in women’s college basketball. She also had 29 steals, 48 assists, and went 64 of 84 from the free throw line.

One of the more interesting stories to watch this year will be the Molina sisters and their first year playing together for the Cougars. Junior point guard Chanelle will be joined by her redshirt freshman sister Celena and true freshman sister Cherilyn. The three from Kailua Kona, Hawaii combined for 32 points in the Cougars exhibition match against Warner Pacific last Monday.

After a 106-41 exhibition game last week, the Cougars will look to continue that success against Utah State in their first meeting since 1980. After their match against Aggies, the Cougs will host three more games at home before hitting the road for the Warner Center Marriot Thanksgiving Classic in California.



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