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Washington State women fall to No. 19 Arizona State, Cameron Fernandez injured

Washington State’s Caila Hailey, right, earned her second consecutive Pac-12 honorable mention for defense. (Cheryl Evans / Associated Press)
Washington State’s Caila Hailey, right, earned her second consecutive Pac-12 honorable mention for defense. (Cheryl Evans / Associated Press)

Sophie Brunner had 20 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 19 Arizona State (13-3, 4-1) win their fourth in a row, topping Washington State 68-49 in Tempe, Arizona, on Friday in Pac-12 play.

The Cougars took another blow, as freshman Cameron Fernandez hit her head on the court, was treated by emergency personnel and taken off by stretcher.

A school spokesman said Fernandez was admitted to the hospital for the night as a precaution and is expected to make a full recovery.

The game was delayed about 30 minutes and players from both sides huddled around her as she lay on the floor, azcentral.com reported.

The harrowing play happened when Fernandez took a charge in the first quarter.

Chanelle Molina scored 13 points for Washington State (8-9, 3-3), which had won three in a row. Molina, the two-time Pac-12 freshman of the week, suffered a leg injury midway through the fourth quarter on a drive through the paint.

Prior to the injury, Molina extended a streak to 12 straight double-digit scoring games, tied for the second-longest streak for any Cougar freshman in program history.

The 49 points for the Cougars marked a season-low in scoring as the team finished shooting just .317 (19 of 60) in the game and 3 of 16 from beyond the arc.

Reili Richardson added 15 points and Quinn Dornstauder had 11 for the Sun Devils.

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