NEW YORK, N.Y. - A trio of former BIG EAST women's basketball players have been selected to the 2010 WNBA All-Rookie Team, including ex-UConn star Tina Charles, who was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Joining her on the All-Rookie Team is former UConn teammate Kalana Greene and ex-Rutgers standout Epiphanny Prince.
The voting panel consisted of the WNBA's 12 head coaches, who chose five players regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Charles received 11 votes, while Greene and Prince each got 10. Monica Wright and Kelsey Griffin also were named to the All-Rookie team.
Charles, the No.1 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun, topped the charts among all WNBA rookies by averaging a double-double in points (15.5 ppg) and rebounds (11.7 rpg), leading the league in the latter category. She finished the season winning all four Rookie of the Month honors and ranked second in the league in blocks per game (1.68 bpg). Charles set single-season league records with 22 double-doubles and 398 rebounds, and established franchise marks for offensive (129) and defensive (269) boards.
Prince, selected No. 4 overall in the Draft by the Chicago Sky, ranked third among rookies in scoring (9.8 ppg) and led first-year players in steals (1.6 spg) and total steals (55), placing her in the top six in the league in both. She ranked second on the team in assists (2.7 apg) and third in scoring. Prince, a two-time Associated Press All-American Third Team selection, played three seasons for the Scarlet Knights. She concluded her collegiate career ninth all-time on the RU scoring chart (1,552 points) and sixth in steals (260). She also was a two-time BIG EAST First Team honoree.
Greene, the No. 13 overall Draft pick, became a consistent option off the bench in her first season and helped propel the New York Liberty to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. She averaged 4.5 points, scoring a career-high 17 points in a 77-72 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars on July 27. The Liberty are coached by Anne Donovan, who also is the head coach at Seton Hall.