The Washington State women are heading to Seattle, where they'll kick off Pac-12 Tournament play Thursday night against Colorado in the Key Arena. Despite a couple of bright spots, like beating UCLA at home and taking top 25 Kentucky to the brink on the road, it's been a disappointing season filled with injuries for the Cougs.
But despite the struggles, two players were able to take the opportunity and shine this season. Freshman Chanelle Molina and junior Caila Hailey have led the team, and on Tuesday, they were recognized by the Pac-12. Molina was named an honorable mention to the all-conference team, while Hailey earned a second straight honorable mention to the Pac-12 all defensive team.
The award is a bit of a surprise of Molina, who played just six conference games before suffering a season ending torn ACL injury. But, in 17 games the freshman averaged nearly 13 points a game and is the only player on the team with a shooting percentage over 50%, the best average for a freshman in school history. She also had a 12 game double digit scoring streak, the second longest in program history.
Hailey has been the anchor to the Cougar defense all season long. Thanks in part to her play, the Cougs ranked 36th in the nation, forcing 19.4 turnovers a game. Hailey herself averaged nearly two steals a game, the 7th highest mark in the Pac-12.
For a full list of award winners from the Pac-12, check out this link to the conference's release.
7th seeded Washington State will open Pac-12 Tournament play Thursday night at 6 in Seattle against 10th seeded Colorado. The winner advances to take on 2nd seeded Stanford Friday night.
Molina And Hailey Take Home All-Conference Honors - WSUCougars.com | Washington State University Athletics
The Cougs earned a pair of honorable mention nods in 2016-17.
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It’s a quick return to the Evergreen State for Colorado, which lost 67-56 at Washington State on Saturday.
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"We’ve been impressed with Washington State all season," head coach Andy Enfield said after Tuesday’s practice. "Coach [Ernie] Kent’s done a great job with them, especially in Pac-12 play."
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