|WNBA's Washington Mystics – No. 23|
|Born||13 July 1987|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|Draft||13th overall, 2010
New York Liberty
|New York Liberty (2010)
Connecticut Sun (2011–2013)
Washington Mystics (2014-present)
Kalana Lanette Greene (born 13 July 1987), is an American professional women's basketball guard, currently for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and CCC Polkowice in Poland. She played her college career at the University of Connecticut, where the Huskies were the 2009 and 2010 NCAA national Champions.
Early life and high school
Greene grew up in St. Stephen, South Carolina, as the daughter of Addison and Cynthia Greene. Greene played basketball for Timberland High School in St. Stephen, South Carolina. She helped her team win twenty or more games for three consecutive seasons, and in her senior year, she led the team to its first ever state championship. She averaged 17 points per game as a freshman; by the time she was a senior, she averaged 28 points, 18 rebounds, nine steals and eight assists per game.
Greene's choices came down to Georgia and Connecticut. She liked the Georgia program, but the UConn program, with both a family atmosphere and an expectation you have to work hard for everything you get swayed her to choose to come to join the University of Connecticut Huskies.
Greene suffered a major knee injury in a game on 17 December 2007 against South Carolina, an injury that would end her season. It turned out to be a damaged ACL and torn LCL. UConn rarely played South Carolina, but set up a two game series, with a game in 2007 against South Carolina in Connecticut, with a return trip to South Carolina in 2008, scheduled so that Greene could play in her home state as a senior. Her coach, Geno Auriemma, worried it might be a career-ending injury.
|“||That day when she got hurt, I was really in a somber mood because I thought this could be the end of Kalana's career||”|
She worked hard to rehabilitate her knee, including staying on campus over the summer to work out in the gym every day. She played the following season, for a team that won the national championship, although not at the same level as before her injury. During the year, she had to make a decision whether to leave as an academic senior, or return for a fifth year. Players who are injured during a year can get an additional year of eligibility, if they haven't played too many games in the season. Greene's injury occurred in the eighth game of her junior season, so she was eligible to return if she chose. She considered her options,and chose to return for a fifth year.
On 9 March 2010, Greene played in her 151st game as a UConn Husky, more than any other player in UConn Women's basketball history, breaking the mark held by Renee Montgomery. Greene played in 157 games in her complete college career, an NCAA record.
Greene helped lead UConn to the Championship of the Big East Tournament, and earned Most Outstanding Player of the tournament for her performance.
Greene was the 13th overall selection in the 2010 WNBA Draft, selected by the New York Liberty. After playing one season for the Liberty, she was traded to the Connecticut Sun for the draft rights of Sydney Colson, the Texas A&M selected by the Sun in the second round of the 2011 WNBA draft.
Awards and honors
- WBCA All-American.
- Kalana Greene All-BIG EAST First Team
- Kalana Greene Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player
University of Connecticut statistics
|Kalana Greene Statistics at University of Connecticut|
- List of Connecticut women's basketball players with 1000 points
- 2008–09 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team
- 2009–10 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team
- "32 Kalana Greene". University of Connecticut. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
- "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014.
- "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014.
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- "Greene injured in UConn's rout of South Carolina". ESPN. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
- Elsberry, Chris (10 March 2010). "ELSBERRY Greene saves best for Big East finale". CTPost.com. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
- "UConn women's notebook: Greene sets record with 151st game played". CTPost.com. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
- Adamec, Carl (3 June 2011). "She's new to Sun, but no Greene horn". Journal Inquirer.
- "Greene taken 13th overall by New York". The Post and Courier. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- Altavilla, John (16 April 2011). "WNBA: Greene Eager To Join Sun". Courant. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "Team". CCC Polkowice.
- Kalana Greene in CCC jersey.
- "Connecticut's Moore and Charles Highlight Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams". Big East Conference. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- "Huskies rout No. 8 Mountaineers for 16th Big East championship". ESPN. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
- "Media Guide History". UConnHuskies.com. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
- "UCONN Season Statistics". University of Connecticut. Retrieved 11 April 2010.