Molina to Represent Team USA at the FISU America Games
PULLMAN, Wash. — One of the top point guards in the Pac-12, Washington State women’s basketball rising-junior Chanelle Molina will take her talents to the international stage as part of Team USA at the first upcoming FISU America Games. The inaugural FISU America Games are a multi-sport event sanctioned by the International University Sports Federation which will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, July 20-29.
In total, the U.S. will be sending 96 student-athletes and a total delegation of 138 Americans that will represent men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s soccer, judo, and men’s and women’s volleyball.
Molina, an All-Pac-12 Freshman selection in 2016-17 and the Cougars’ third-leading scorer as a sophomore, joins an elite roster of collegiate players from around the country including teaming up with Pac-12 standouts Kat Tudor (Oregon State) and Kiara Russell (Arizona State). The 10-woman roster will be coached by Jane Albright who recently retired from coaching at Nevada after an illustrious 33-year career.
Throughout the week of games the USA will take on international squads from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Mexico. Team USA opens its tournament against Mexico on July 24 before taking on the other three South American nations. The winner will be determined by the best overall record from the week of games.
Last season, Molina returned from a devastating knee-injury to play in all 30 games for the Cougars. She averaged 7.7 points per game while posting a team-best 87 assists.
All four games for Team USA will be streamed live online on Facebook courtesy of CBDU.brasil.