Nikki Greene Tabbed Big Ten Player of the Week
Jan. 22, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Penn State Lady Lion senior center Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the week-ending Jan. 21. It is the first career Player of the Week award for Greene and it is the third Player of the Week honor for the Lady Lions this season (Maggie Lucas, twice). Previously, Greene earned conference accolades as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Dec. 14, 2009.
Greene averaged 15.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and shot 59.1% from the field as the Lady Lions climbed to 5-0 in conference play with wins over Wisconsin and #23/RV Michigan last week. The Lady Lions are the lone unbeaten in Big Ten play (men or women) and are riding a nine-game winning streak heading into Thursday's game against Minnesota at the BJC.
In Thursday's dominating victory, Greene posted her third double-double of the season and 12th of her career with 23 points and 14 rebounds. The 23 markers are a season high for Greene and account for her fifth career 20-point performance. Greene was 9-for-16 from the field and 5-for-7 from the charity stripe against UW. With a pair of rejections against the Badgers, Greene moved into second place on Penn State's career blocks chart.
Greene continued her strong play in Monday's 10-point win at previously unbeaten Michigan, she narrowly missed out on a double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in just 18 minutes of action due to foul trouble. Greene was 4-for-6 from the field against the Wolverines. Heading into Thursday's Minnesota game, Greene needs five points for 1,000 in her career.
The Lady Lions return home to meet Minnesota on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Fans can get their second of five senior wind-up walkers at the gates. The Minnesota game is also Penn State Faculty/Staff night where PSU faculty and staff can get a buy one, get one free ticket offer. Additionally, it will be AT&T Night and AT&T customers that show their bill or cell phone will get a buy one, get one free ticket offer. Go to www.GoPSUsports.com/promotions/wbb.html for complete promotions information.
Single game tickets for the Lady Lions are on sale now. Tickets are $15 and $12 for adults and seniors and $9 and $7 for youth (12 and younger). The PNC Flex Books are available again this year for $99. The Flex Book gives fans 12 vouchers, 10 that can be redeemed in any combination for Nittany Lion and Lady Lion Basketball tickets throughout the year and two extra vouchers for the Nittany Lions' Coaches Vs. Cancer game and the Lady Lions' Pink Zone game.
The 2013 Pink Zone at Penn State will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 as the Lady Lions take on Michigan in the Bryce Jordan Center. Last year, the Lady Lions donated a record $203,000 to breast cancer causes. This year's fundraising efforts will benefit the Mount Nittany Medical Center, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Lewistown Hospital. For more information on the Pink Zone at Penn State, visit the official Pink Zone website at www.pennsylvaniapinkzone.org.
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