HAWAII GROWN: Molina collects national honor

Washington State's Chanelle Molina drove past two Washington defenders in a game on Dec. 27. Associated Press photo.
Washington State’s Chanelle Molina drove past two Washington defenders in a game on Dec. 27. Associated Press photo.

In addition to a second Pac-12 Conference freshman of the week honor in as many weeks, former Konawaena Wildcat Chanelle Molina was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) freshman of the week today.

Molina was already making headlines with a huge 33-point, five-rebound, seven-assist performance in Washington State’s 82-73 upset of then-No. 9 UCLA on Friday. Against USC on Sunday, the three-time Star-Advertiser all-state player of the year scored 16 points to lead the Cougars in a 74-57 win.

Washington State (8-8) is now 3-2 in conference play. The Cougars travel to No. 18 Arizona and Arizona State this week.


  1. The Rim January 11, 2017 8:19 pm

    WSU beat UCLA and USC…not bad for a Kona girl who supposedly picked the wrong school. Go get um Chanelle!

  2. Bolo Bolo January 12, 2017 1:12 pm


  3. Education First January 12, 2017 1:57 pm

    @The Rim. Oh, you are one of those people. You are one of those parents who love through their kids and cannot put things into perspective.

    Did they beat those team in the classroom? It amazes me that so many people on this blog value athletics over academics.

    Those schools are near the cream of the crop for universities when it comes to academic standings. WSU is near the bottom. I actually think WSU is below UH for god’s sake.

    I would rather have my kid lose by 100 points a game and go 0-80 over 4 years and leave with a degree from UCLA and USC. UCLA and USC gets you a master’s degree from pretty much anywhere. WSU might get you an interview at the local 7-11 store. And that’s if you are lucky.

    But hey, she won a game over UCLA and USC, lol. #classic

  4. The Rim January 12, 2017 8:23 pm

    No one cares what you think dude, you blew your credibility long ago. BTW, Williams college, DIII school is the top academic school, go away loser.

  5. Jeezy33 January 13, 2017 6:53 am

    @The Rim u mad, bro?

  6. Education First January 13, 2017 7:23 am

    LOL, this guy (licks the rim) offers not insight other than riding the jock of a young lady. She cannot have a scholarly debate. As for credibility, I have tons as proven by the vast amount of facts I offer. I mean, look at your posts. We are lucky if we can get more than a few sentences from you.

    Please provide any evidence that shows that Williams college is the top school in the US? Williams is known as a top Liberal Arts College. Liberal Arts Colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study. We are talking about Schools in the National Universities category that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs.

    Where is WSU? I believe near the bottom. I am thinking it is somewhere at the level between your writing and you wanting to ride the jock of a kid.

    I am interested in seeing you write anything intelligent back. Yes, I know, I will be waiting a long time for that.


  7. Education First January 13, 2017 7:25 am

    And for the record, Mrs. “Licks the Rim” I beg to differ. Your mom cares what I think. You mahu lover cares what I think. Your boss at the 7-11 cares what I think. You see, there are several people that are close to your heart who care what I think.

  8. Education First January 13, 2017 7:29 am

    For the record, no one is saying she isn’t talented. What I am (and others are saying around the basketball community) is due to her talent, she could have gotten into a much more prestigious university and higher level basketball team if she was showcased better. Nothing against her Coach Awa, but coming from a small community like Kona doesn’t allow her to get to the top women’s club tournaments where all the top coaches are such as the Nike Tournament of Champions and the Nike Invitational. She had the opportunity from what I heard to play in these and turned it down to play with Kona.

  9. Bolo Bolo January 13, 2017 8:47 am

    Looks like some people are hiding under different aliases in these forums.

    Don’t quit your day job talking big on this website. HAHA

  10. The Rim January 13, 2017 3:09 pm

    @Education last…You proved my point yet again.

  11. Education First January 18, 2017 12:10 pm

    What point was that?

    1) That you lick rim?
    2) That I am way smarter than you?
    3) You are probably 88
    4) You live through high school girls?
    5) You never played a sport so you are lucky people created fantasy sports

    Pick one. And the moderator can look at my IP to authenticate that I am the one and only. It’s easy to figure out who I am. I am the one that is way smarter than all you guys. I mean, just look at your feeble writing. It’s so bad. You guys barely are original and offer no intelligent insight.

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