Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State freshman women’s basketball player returns to Russia

Freshman guard Anna Khmelevskaya will not attend Wichita State after returning to Russia to care for her injured half-sister earlier this month.

Khmelevskaya’s half-sister was seriously injured in a car accident and remains hospitalized, WSU coach Jody Adams said, and may require a kidney transplant. Khmelevskaya flew home last week to be with her mother and has decided to stay with her family while her older sister, her lone sibling, recovers. Her father is deceased.

“It’s been a family decision, a tough decision,” Adams said. “She’s pretty emotional. Ultimately, we want her sister to be OK and to be able to take care of her two children.”

Khmelevskaya, from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, made a good impression during summer workouts with her shooting and court sense. Adams said it is possible that Khmelevskaya (5-foot-9) might return to WSU in the future. She attended Spartak Olympic Reserve College in Moscow and signed with WSU in May.

“She’s a good kid,” Adams said. “This kid really wanted to play in the United States and get a degree over here.”

Khmelevskaya is the second member of WSU’s recruiting class who won’t play this season. Butler Community College guard Ashlee Ivy must meet academic requirements before enrolling at WSU.

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.