LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Former Diboll Ladyjack basketball standout Nikki Greene was among the 36 players selected in the WNBA Draft.
The Phoenix Mercury selected Greene as the 26th overall pick in the draft. Greene's Penn State teammate, Alex Bentley was selected 13th in the draft, which was held at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Monday.
Greene and Bentley were the first Lady Lions to be drafted since Tyra Grant was the 24th overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, according to a press release from Penn State.
"Greene quietly became one of the best centers in Penn State's storied history as she became the first player to record 1,000 points, 900 rebounds and 200 blocks," the press release stated. "Greene became the 35th 1,000-point scorer in school history with her nine-point performance at Minnesota on Jan. 24."
In addition, Greene broke the Penn State record for games started and consecutive games started, having played in all 131 games of her college career, according to the press release. She finished her career ranked second in blocked shots (215), fourth in rebounds (994), and 30th in points scored (1,132).
"A native of Diboll, Texas, Greene garnered All-Big Ten third team accolades after averaging 9.2 points and 8.5 rebounds," the press release stated. "She also registered 39 blocks in her senior campaign. Greene finished fifth in the Big Ten in rebounding, seventh in field goal percentage (.485), 10th in blocked shots (1.2), second in offensive rebounds (3.7), and 11th in defensive rebounds (4.8)."
During the week ending Jan. 22, Greene received Big Ten Player of the Week honors for a
Greene earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 22 for a "double-double performance of 23 points and 14 rebounds to go along with two blocks in the Jan. 17 victory over Wisconsin."