A Filipina player in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA)?
That is a step closer to being a realized dream as the Indiana Fever signed Filipina-American Chanelle Molina to a training camp contract.
Indiana on Tuesday (Philippine time) announced its signing of Molina, who is born to Filipino parents but grew up in Hawaii in the United States.
“There are not many Filipino women in the WNBA, so this is for the progress of women’s basketball all over the world. I will celebrate this success and accomplishment, but it’s back to helping my team overseas win in the morning. Thank you Indiana Fever for this opportunity,” wrote Molina in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
Molina played a stellar four-year collegiate basketball career for Division 1 school Washington State University Cougars.
The 5-foot-9 guard seized her second- straight All-Pac-12 honorable mention nod in her senior year in the United States – National Collegiate Athletic Association (US-NCAA) 2019-2020 season, putting up 14.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
After college, Molina played professionally for the Norrköping Dolphins in Sweden, where she registered 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Molina’s sisters Cherilyn and Celena are playing for Washington too. The three sisters actually were teammates for two seasons in the Cougars.
They were teammates also in Konawaena High School in Hawaii. NIEL VICTOR C. MASOY