Washington State freshman Chanelle Molina will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL suffered in last Friday’s 68-49 loss to No. 18 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.
The Konawaena alumna was injured in the second half after another freshman from Hawaii, Cameron Fernandez, suffered a scary head injury in the first half.
“Friday the 13th was absolutely the horriblest, worst day of our lives I think,” Washington State coach June Daugherty said during Tuesday’s press conference.
Molina had started the first 17 games of the season for the Cougars averaging 12.8 points on 51.5-percent shooting. She was named the Pac-12 freshman of the week two times in a row to start 2017 after helping the Cougars beat Oregon, UCLA and USC in consecutive games.
Molina hurt her left knee drawing a foul in the key.
thanks for the love and support from everyone ❤. im going to stay positive and come back even stronger and faster https://t.co/6yForlRIwP
— Chanelle Molina (@chanelle_molina) January 17, 2017
Fernandez, a Lahainaluna alumna, was averaging 4.7 points in 10.8 minutes in nine games off the bench.
Fernandez hit her heard on the court after drawing a charge and was treated by emergency personnel before being stretchered out of the arena. She spent the night in a local area hospital and is back resting in Pullman, Wash after suffering a concussion.
“Fortunately she is doing well,” Daugherty said. “We wish her the best with that. It’s something that is day-to-day with her.”