Feb. 5, 2008
Washington State Athletic Media Relations
By Erica Beck
Not every 6-foot-something woman is a basketball player. But for junior Washington State women's basketball player Heather Molzen, the stereotype of being a ball player just because she's tall is true -- even though she didn't start playing until the eighth grade.
"I remember my physical education teacher asking me if I wanted to go out for basketball," said Molzen. "I thought, `I guess; I'm tall, why not?' I didn't want to wear spandex as a volleyball player so basketball was the logical choice."
Molzen, a native of San Diego, Calif., was recruited by former WSU women's basketball coach Sherri Murrell.
"I came up to WSU for a visit and I loved the campus," recalled Molzen. "The team was great, and I knew this was where I wanted to go."
After playing under Murrell for two years, the transition to a new coaching staff left Molzen and the Cougars without a coach for nearly two months.
"We had to stick together as a team," said Molzen. "We knew we still needed to get better, coach or not, so we continued to work hard."
Despite the transition period, Molzen is excited for the future of WSU women's basketball and the way the team is getting better each day.
"Learning Coach Daugherty's system was helped a lot by how close we were as a team. That closeness definitely helped keep us motivated during the transition between coaching staffs."
Playing Division I women's basketball can be challenging and for Molzen, the most difficult thing is trying to balance everything.
"When you don't live with your parents, you have to go home and make your own meals, do laundry and all the household tasks as well as go to school. Being a Division I basketball player takes a big chunk out of a day so it can be difficult at times to balance everything."
When Molzen can find the time, she enjoys shopping and arts and crafts - especially knitting.
"I've been knitting a lot this season," said Molzen. "Occasionally people will make comments, but everyone wants to wear my scarves!"
Molzen applies the same principles of hard work and dedication off the court as she looks ahead to life after WSU. She plans to return to her hometown for graduate school to pursue a degree in speech and hearing.
In the meantime, Molzen is enjoying her college basketball career and the traveling she has been able to do because of it.