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Why Morgan Greene is en route to being the best women’s basketball player to step foot at East Bay

Kedar Dutt

Kedar Dutt

Marissa Marshall,
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Standing at 5 feet 10 inches, the Phoenix Arizona native and California State East Bay’s standout forward, sophomore Morgan Greene is a force to be reckoned with.

In only her second season as an active player, the sophomore already ranks in the school’s top 10 all-time career points, blocks and field goals made.

In addition to this, she put herself in fourth place on the all-time rebound list for East Bay and her field goal percentage is the highest in school history at .537.

It’s safe to say she’s pretty good.

Greene redshirted her first year at East Bay, but since has been amazing on the floor and has been instrumental in the Pioneers’ success the past two seasons.

“I have really been focused on being a better leader and being able to hold myself and my teammates accountable so that we can be successful,” Greene said. “It works in my favor.”

In her freshman season in 2016-17, she played in all 31 games, 20 of which were starts and led the California Collegiate Athletic Association Conference (CCAA) in rebounds as she averaged 10.2 per game. She also averaged 7.9 points per game with a shooting percentage of 49.2.

If that isn’t impressive for a freshman, she also had 19 double-figure rebounding games and 10 games where she scored in double figures. In addition to this, she added five double- doubles and had five games with 15 or more rebounds.

She was given all CCAA conference second team honors in that season and this year Greene stepped up her play resulting in all CCAA first team honors.

She had arguably the best sophomore season in East Bay women’s basketball program history as she was ranked number two in the nation in with a rebound average of 12.7 and double-doubles with an impressive 21 for the season.

“My role on the team is to be the glue,” She said. “It’s a role I am still growing into, but I have accepted it.”

Greene also had a .563 shooting percentage, averaged 16 points per game and was the CCAA conference’s fifth leading scorer.

Yet, with all the statistics, Greene remains humble and focused. She doesn’t say much, she just goes out there, plays and does it well.

“Honestly I don’t think about my personal records or anything,” Greene said. “I just want my team to be successful. When I go on the court my mindset is just to be consistent and with the energy I bring on the floor, keep myself motivated no matter the score.”

It’s hard to believe she’s only in her second year as a second year player with the numbers she’s produced, but it’s safe to say with Greene on East Bay, they’ll never be a bad team.

What she brings to a squad is unmatched and at the rate she is going, she just might be the best women’s basketball player to set foot on the Cal State East Bay campus.

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