Second-year center Kia Vaughn jokes that she got "forced" into playing basketball in middle school by her mom. Although mom was looking to keep her out of trouble, Vaughn went on to benefit from the new found hobby. She won the New York State Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005 at St. Michael's Academy in Manhattan, just two blocks west of Madison Square Garden; her current home court.
Rookie Kalana Greene knows her way around the basketball court, and the kitchen thanks to the influence of her mom the caterer. Greene says she was always hanging around the kitchen while her mom was working so she could learn. While she would rarely find the time to cook while in school, she would cook three meals a day when she was on her own in the summers. Greene still phones home for recipes and tips from mom.
Guard Essence Carson began taking piano lessons at the age of eight by the influence of her grandmother. She went on to "fine tune" her musical talents in high school at the Rosa L. Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts and now can play the saxophone, drums and bass guitar. Carson even has branched into producing music as an adult when she's not on the court.
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is a proud mother of three. The veteran center is often separated from her seven-year old daughter Maia Simone and husband Reggie while she is playing in the WNBA and overseas. McWillams-Franklin keeps in touch with her family via Skype, and Maia often will do her homework in front of the computer so mom can see. Once school is out for the summer, Maia and Reggie will depart the Lone Star State for the Big Apple to reunite with McWillams-Franklin.
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