Washington State Point Guard Chanelle Molina helped lead team USA to the gold medal in the inaugural FISU America Games last week in Brazil. The 5’9” junior from Hawaii represented her country for the first time last week and had the opportunity to bring home the gold medal.
During the week, team USA took down Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil by an average of 43.8 points per game including a 116-33 victory over Uruguay. Team USA did not find much competition in the four-game tournament until the gold medal game against Brazil when they came out with a 59-42 victory on July 28th.
Molina suffered a season ending knee injury as a freshman two years ago but was still able to pull out Pac-12 All-Freshman honors while playing in just 17 games. Last season Molina appeared in all 30 games for the Cougars and averaged 7.7 points and nearly three assists and two rebounds per game. Last year she led the team in assists and finished third in steals and points in her first full season in a Cougar uniform.
She joins fellow Cougar volleyball players Alexis Dirige and Taylor Mims as some of the Cougars who have already won the gold medal for their country this summer.
Molina and the Cougars will look to turn things around after last season’s 10-20 finish when they open up the season with their first five games in Pullman starting on Friday, November 2nd against Warner Pacific.
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