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Penn State women’s basketball: Lucas traded, Greene makes WNBA roster

Penn State's Maggie Lucas steals the ball during the Lady Lions’ 62-56 NCAA tournament first round win over Witchita State on Sunday.
Penn State's Maggie Lucas steals the ball during the Lady Lions’ 62-56 NCAA tournament first round win over Witchita State on Sunday. CDT photo

Former Penn State basketball standout Maggie Lucas was traded by the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury to the Indiana Fever on Monday.

Lucas, the Lady Lions’ second-leading career scorer with 2,510 points, had been the 21st pick overall by the Mercury in April’s WNBA Draft. She averaged 8.0 points in a pair of games over last weekend and had a 13-point outing against Minnesota. She had three points against the Fever on Sunday.

Phoenix received Indiana’s second round pick in next season’s draft. As of Tuesday night, 13 players players, not including Lucas, were listed on Indiana’s roster. The league cutoff is 12.

Former Penn State center Nikki Greene has landed a spot on the Los Angeles Sparks roster. Greene was drafted in the third round of the 2013 Draft by Phoenix but was waived in training camp. She spent the past season playing professionally in South Korea.

In a pair of preseason games over the weekend, Greene averaged 6.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Despite an outstanding preseason, former Penn State forward Ariel Edwards was waived by the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday. Edwards, a free agent after going undrafted, averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in three preseason games. She had 15 points and seven rebounds in Tulsa’s final preseason game.

Former Penn State guard Zhaque Gray, a 2012 Penn State graduate, was waived by the Chicago Sky on April 25.

Two other former Lady Lions remain on WNBA rosters.

Alex Bentley, a WNBA All-Rookie team selection last season as a member of the Atlanta Dream, will play for the Connecticut Sun this season. Bentley was acquired by the Sun in a March trade. Bentley averaged 8.3 points and 2.8 assists in helping the Dream advance to the WNBA Finals last season.

Tanisha Wright begins her 10th season with the Seattle Storm. Wright, who averaged 11.9 points and 3.7 rebounds last season, won a WNBA title with the Storm in 2010.

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