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June 12, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Former Penn State Lady Lion standout Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) will be traveling to China to participate for the NetScouts USA Women's All-Star Basketball team in the "Four Nations" Tournament. The tournament features the Chinese National "B" team, the Australia Rising Opals and the Hungarian National Team.
The team, which leaves the United States on June 13, will play a round-robin format in three cities for a total of nine games. The team will play six games in Jiangxi Province and three games in Changshu in Jiangsu Province. In addition to the tournament, the team will also visit Beijing and play two games against the China U19 National Team before returning to the U.S. on July 1.
Greene, who was the 26th overall selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft, quietly became one of the best centers in Penn State's storied history as she became the first player record 1,000 points, 900 rebounds and 200 blocks. Greene became the 35th 1,000-point scorer in school history with her nine-point performance at Minnesota on Jan. 24. She broke the school record for games started and consecutive games started having jumped for the tip in all 131 games of her career. Greene 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. 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). 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.
In addition to Greene, the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars are comprised of Chelsea Hopkins (San Diego State), Taleya Mayberry (Tulsa), China Crosby (Virginia), Alexis Gray-Lawson (California), Tahnee Robinson (Nevada), Aulani Sinclair (Indiana), Sarah Eichler (Green Bay), Chelsea Poppens (Iowa State), Aishah Sutherland (Kansas), Jessica Lawson (South Florida) and Talia Caldwell (California).
NetScouts Basketball organizes and coaches All-Star Men's and Women's teams which represent the USA in international basketball competition. This enables highly successful players who have recently completed their eligibility to represent their country, get an experience playing international basketball and provide an amazing cultural experience.
The Lady Lions hold several camps throughout the summer. There is a Lady Lion Basketball Camp available for girls of all ages, ranging from shooting camp to elite camp. The 2013 Lady Lion Basketball Camp schedule is as follows: Elite Camp (June 22-23), Total Package Team Camp (June 20-22) and Games Galore Team Camp (August 2-4). For more information on Lady Lion Basketball Camps, please visit GoPSUsports.com/camps and click on Girls Basketball Camp under Summer Camps.
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