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Nov. 17, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Penn State women's basketball head coach Coquese Washington announced the addition of Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas/Diboll) to the 2009 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 7 by Blue Star Basketball and No. 13 by the All Star Girls Report. Greene joins a class that includes Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis), Gizelle Studevent (La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop's School) and Marisa Wolfe (Ford City, Pa./Ford City) who signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) last week.
Greene, the 19th-ranked player by HoopGurlz/ESPN.com, comes to the Happy Valley from Diboll High School where she is a two-time All-State honoree. The 6-4 center averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per game as a junior. She also eclipsed the 1,000-point (1,317) and 1,000-rebound (1,194) mark last season and has 495 career blocks. Greene led the Lady Jacks to back-to-back district championships, which included a 28-9 record last year. Greene was tabbed as District MVP in 2008, following accolades as the Defensive District Player of the Year in 2007 and the Freshman of the Year in 2006. Greene has earned first team All-District honors each of her three seasons at Diboll High School.
"Nikki Greene's potential is off the charts," Washington said. "She's got incredible athleticism. She runs as fast as any of the guards and she can literally defend all five positions on the floor. She's got the power and the presence inside that will help us contend with the big post players in the Big Ten. She hasn't even begun to scratch the potential of how good she can be. She's going to make us very versatile on both sides of the floor, in particular defensively; she is a shot blocker and a good rebounder. She is going to have an incredibly high impact on this program."
Bentley, the 47th-ranked player by Blue Star Basketball, led Ben Davis High School to a 24-2 record and an appearance in the state regionals. The 5-7 point guard earned first team All-State accolades after averaging 15.1 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 steals per game in 2007-08. Bentley is a three-time All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference and was an Indiana Junior All-Star last year. She ranks fifth in school history with 1,079 career points and has also registered 187 steals. The Giants enter the 2008-09 season as the top-ranked team in Indiana according to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll and are #19 in the ESPN RISE Girls' Basketball FAB 50 preseason rankings.
Studevent, the 64th-ranked player by Blue Star Basketball, averaged 18.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in 2007-08 en route to CalHiSports.com All-State honors. The 5-11 guard led The Bishop's School to a 21-10 record and the Coastal South League title. Studevent also tied the national high school record last season with seven three-pointers in a playoff loss to St. Mary's Academy, finishing the game with 32 points.
Wolfe, a 6-3 post player from Ford City High School, was the 2008 Valley News Dispatch Player of the Year and was also a third team All-State selection as she led Ford City to a 21-8 record and an appearance in the PIAA state playoffs. The three-time All-State selection averaged 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds as a junior while being named as the team's Best All Around Player. Wolfe has accumulated 1,124 career points and 642 rebounds at Ford City. She also earned Leader Times Player of the Year accolades in 2007 and was a member of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Fab Five" each of the last two seasons. In addition to her All-State honors in 2008, Wolfe was a second team All-State choice in 2007 and a third team All-State recipient as freshman in 2006.
The Lady Lions continue their three-game homestand to open the 2008-09 campaign against Stony Brook (Wed., Nov. 19) and Prairie View A&M (Fri., Nov. 21). For information on Lady Lion Basketball tickets, call the Penn State ticket office at 814-865-5555.
The 2009 WBCA Pink Zone at Penn State proudly supported by Mimi Barash Coppersmith (formerly known as THINK PINK Day) will take place on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m., as the Lady Lions take on Iowa in the Bryce Jordan Center. The game can be seen on www.bigtennetwork.com. The first two Pink Zone events have raised more than $50,000 for breast cancer awareness. This year's fundraising efforts will benefit the Penn State Hershey Breast Cancer Institute, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition and the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. For more information on the Pink Zone at Penn State, visit the official Pink Zone website at www.gopsusports.com/pinkzone.