Former Lady Lions Continue Careers Overseas
The WNBA season might be over, but for seven former Lady Lion basketball players, the season is just getting started. Some standouts, including guards Alex Bentley and and Maggie Lucas, recently signed contracts to play overseas, while others excel in the WNBA.
Here’s the rundown:
- G/F Ariel Edwards signed to play in Spain with CB Bembibre PDM of the LFB league. At Penn State, Edwards left her mark during her senior season, where she averaged almost 16 points a game. That made her No. 7 in the Big Ten, and Edwards was awarded first-team All-Big Ten honors.
- G Alex Bentley, a 2013 graduate, just completed her first season with the Connecticut Sun after being traded in the offseason. Her first season with the Sun was sensational — started 30 out of 34 games for the team and accounted for 12.2 points, 1.3 steals, and 3.7 rebounds per game. In 2013, she also made the WNBA All-Rookie team with the Atlanta Dream. In an interview with GoPSUSports, she expressed her gratitude to Penn State for helping her get where she is today. As a Lady Lion, Bentley was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and finished her career at Penn State with 1,786 points, 567 assists, and 325 steals. She was just the fourth player in Big Ten history to have at least 1,500 points, 500 assists, and 300 steals in her career. This season, she will be playing for Tarbes Gespe Bigorre of the LFB in France.
- C Nikki Greene just completed her rookie season with the LA Sparks. This past season, Greene and her team went all the way to the Western Conference semifinals, though ultimately lost to Phoenix. During her time at Penn State, Greene was known for her blocking ability and, with 215 blocks, came in second on the Penn State all-time block list. This season, she will play in Israel for the Ramat Hasharon Electra Basketball Club.
- G Brianne O’Rourke, a 2009 graduate, has been busy the last few years playing in both Germany and Slovakia. This season, she will be in Italy with the Pallacanestro Torino in the Italy-Serie A2 league. At Penn State, O’Rourke scored over 1,000 points, tallied over 500 assists, and sits at No. 32 on the Penn State career scoring chart.
- G Tanisha Wright, a 2005 graduate, was a standout during her time at Penn State. She was named Big Ten Defender of the Year three times and amassed a total of 1,995 points and 267 steals. For the past 10 years, she has been playing for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, where she has accumulated a total of 2,591 points, as well as 1,008 assists and 903 rebounds. She claimed national recognition for her defense as a four-time WNBA All-Defense honoree, and she helped her team win the 2010 WNBA Championship. Wright is leaving the Storm for a chance to play in Turkey — Seattle was sad to see her go, and created a goodbye video for her.
- G Maggie Lucas also completed her rookie season with the Indiana Fever in 2014. Lucas and the Fever made the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals this year, and Lucas was responsible for 3.7 points per game and an impressive .957 shooting percentage from the free-throw line. As a Lady Lion, Lucas made waves as two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, as the second-highest scorer in Penn State history (1,510 points), and she broke the three-pointer record for both Penn State and the Big Ten with 365 shots. She will now move to France to play with Arras Pays D’Artois Basket Feminine, in the same league as Bentley.
- G Dara Taylor signed on with AZS UMCS Lublin of the Basket Liga Kobiet league in Poland. Taylor’s relentless defense earned her the 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award, and, at 2.7 steals a game, she led the Big Ten in steals.
Congratulations to all of these players, and we wish them the best of luck as they continue to make Penn State proud overseas!