Spotlight On Kalana Greene

The Hartford Courant

Rebounded spectacularly after a serious knee injury in December 2007 that forced her to miss the majority of her junior season. She qualified for a medical redshirt and returned the following year to start all 39 games, averaging 25.4 minutes and 8.7 points. She also started all 39 games as a senior, making 11 of 24 three-point attempts, a career-high. She was the Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 Big East tournament and an important component on UConn's two consecutive unbeaten national championship teams and ended her career having appeared in more games (157) than anyone in program history.

WNBA highlights: Greene was a second-round pick (13th overall) by the New York Liberty in the 2010 draft. Her Twitter site is already one of the most popular in the WNBA with almost 1,500 followers.

New York state of mind: Just beginning her professional career with the New York Liberty, Kalana Greene has already become accustomed to flying commercial, not to mention working for an organization sponsored by a Connecticut casino that will soon move out of Manhattan for three years because of renovations to Madison Square Garden.

"No big deal," Greene said of the commercial flights all WNBA teams must take. "I do some shopping in the airports. It's not that bad."

And did we mention the three Rutgers players on the roster – Cappie Pondexter, Kia Vaughn and Essence Carson? But it's all good for Greene, the former UConn Husky.

"Believe it or not, they are very good people," Greene said. "You know, the Rutgers rivalry is a big thing in Connecticut. I don't know them all that well yet, but we hang out, we're cool. We do talk about it, though. I told Cappie the last time I lost a game at Gampel Pavilion is when Rutgers beat us there."

Greene returns often to Connecticut when the Liberty and Sun play at the Mohegan Sun Arena. There she encounters two of her closest friends, Tina Charles and Renee Montgomery, her former UConn teammates.

"It's just like playing pickup," Greene said. "I was talking to Tina about it and I feel like I know both of them better than their own teammates [on the Sun] know them. … But it's still a game. We're competitors and we like to compete. We all want to win. That's our job now."

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