Feb. 22, 2008
Story written by Sarah McClutchy, Lehigh Sports Media Relations
As a 5'11" forward with a 3.79 GPA, senior Natalie Green from Hailey, Idaho has a powerful presence on the basketball court and in the classroom. Green, an English major, is part of the Department of Education's five year masters program She will be staying at Lehigh an extra year to complete her masters in elementary education. Excelling both academically and athletically, she has carried on a four year balancing act that has impressed her coaches and professors.
"It is no small feat to give many hours a week to practice and athletic competition, while still devoting oneself fully to the intellectual work that is the central purpose of university life," English professor Seth Moglen said. "If her work in my class is any indication, [Green] has accomplished this feat during her time at Lehigh."
"In the classroom, she is, "smart, funny and very much to the point," Jan Fergus, another professor of Green's said. In addition to recognizing her ability to balance academics and athletics, Fergus praised her insight and creative writing abilities. "In short, [Green] is a terrific and talented student," she said.
On top of academic success, Green has accomplished much while pursuing her other passion- basketball. She began developing her basketball skills at an early age, when she was influenced by her family to give the sport a try.
"I started playing because my dad and brothers all played, and I played on a team for the first time in fourth grade," said Green.
In college, she became an integral player for the Mountain Hawks immediately, playing in nine games off the bench as a freshman.
Before she became a key contributor to the success of the Mountain Hawks, Green had already racked up a tremendous collection of both athletic and academic accolades during her career at Wood River High School. Averaging 17 points and six rebounds a game, she was a three-time first team All-Conference, two-time All-Area and the first female basketball player in her school's history to be named first team All-State.
As a junior, she set the women's basketball single season scoring record. As a senior, she was named the class' Outstanding Senior Athlete and finished her high school career with 1,115 points.
This season, Green has played in ten games, tying her career high with four points and six rebounds, and recorded her first career block in the season opener against Saint Joseph's.
Though Green does not intend on pursuing a career in basketball after graduation, she still intends to keep basketball in her life. "I won't play competitively in a league anymore," she said, "but I will definitely continue to play for fun."