Molina Inks Professional Deal in Sweden
PULLMAN, Wash. – Chanelle Molina will continue her basketball playing career in Sweden, as the two-time All-Pac-12 Conference selection signed her first professional contract with the Norrköping Dolphins of the Basketligan dam for the 2020-21 season.
Molina heads across the globe to a Dolphins squad that went 12-6 during the 2019-20 campaign to finish fourth in the Basketligan dam, Sweden's top professional women's basketball league. She begins her professional career this Saturday, Oct. 3, in Norrköping's season-opener against Hogsbo.
"I'm super excited to continue to play the game I love," said Molina. "This is my first time in Europe, so I'm soaking in all of the culture right now. I'm loving it in Sweden, so far. The people and the food are great. I'm really liking my team and the overall atmosphere. I can't wait to get onto the court and get started."
Molina heads to Norrköping after earning her second- straight All-Pac-12 honorable mention nod for the Cougs during the 2019-20 season. The Kailua Kona, Hawai'i native led WSU in assists (125), minutes played (1,070), 3-point field goals made (59) and rebounds (183) this past season. She finished second on the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game, and ranked inside the top-15 in the Pac-12 in assists, points and rebounds.
The guard came to Washington State as the program's first-ever five-star recruit, and left as the only player in program history to collect over 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists. She is second on WSU's all-time career assists list with 429 helpers, while her 1,395 career points ranks ninth on the program's all-time scoring list. She is also second on the program's all-time 3-point field goals made list at 174.
Molina becomes the second Cougar from the 2019-20 roster to sign a professional contract in 2020, joining Borislava Hristova, who signed with Poland's AZS AJP Gorzów Wielkopolsk in July. Molina is also the third WSU player to sign a professional contract during the Kamie Ethridge era.
With Molina's signing, she becomes the eighth former WSU women's basketball player to play professionally overseas in 2020. She is joined by Ireti Amojo (ALBA Berlin; Germany), Maria Kostourkova (ZKK Cinkarna Celje; Slovenia), Nike McClure (Anorthosis Ammochostou; Cyprus), Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (Olympiacos Pireus; Greece) Jazmine Perkins (BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents; Switzerland), Tia Presley (Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan; Israel) and Borislava Hristova (AZS AJP Gorzów Wielkopolsk; Poland).
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