WSU recruiting: Another big get for Daugherty as second of three Molina sisters signs with Cougs

JUNE DAUGHERTY is two-thirds of the way home on a unique recruiting trail. Washington State women’s basketball coach signed guard Celena Molina and center Taryn Shelley to letters of intent on Wednesday. Molina is the second outstanding Hawaiian prospect Daugherty has brought to WSU – her sister, Chanelle Molina, signed with WSU last class. And there’s one more Molina to go.

Cherilyn, a 5-4 point guard climbing the prep rankings just as her sisters have, is about to enter her junior season. A Molina trio in Pullman?  It sure feels like that’s the way it’s heading.

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Celena, a 5-10 guard out of Konawaena High in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii entering her senior season, is a two-time All-State Fab 15 selection by the Honloulu Star Advertiser and a three-time All-Big Island Interscholastic Federation selection. She has helped lead KHS to state titles the past two seasons. Molina is also a two-time All-State selection in volleyball and was part of the state champion 4x400 relay team in track.

And here’s one more crimson connection: Molina plays for coach Bobbie Awa at KHS, the mother of recently graduated Cougar guard Dawnyelle Awa, and the cousin of current Cougar volleyball player Alexis Dirige.

Shelley, a 6-3 center out of Shorewood, Wash., is a two-time All-Wesco selection and rated a 3 1/2 star prospect on Shelley as a junior earned All-Wesco first-team honors after leading the team with 13.8 ppg and 7.6 rpg in league play.

Shelley averaged 16.3 ppg -- and 20 rpg -- during district play last season. She was named Prep Athlete of the Week, Prep Basketball Starr (twice) and All-USA Girls Basketball Performer of the Week by KING 5 TV.  Shelley has also starred in volleyball the past four seasons.
“It is a proud day to have these two outstanding student athletes joining our Cougar basketball family on the National signing day,” Daugherty said in a press release. “Both young women are very talented players who compete at the highest level on the court and are proven winners. Tayrn and Celena are strong valuable additions into the WSU frontline and backcourt positions of our team.”


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