Griffin scores 16 to help Opals seize Commonwealth Games gold

April 14, 2018

Kelsey Griffin basketball

Kelsey Griffin

Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River seized her first major international medal with Australia’s women’s national team.

The 6-foot-2 forward pumped in a game-high 16 points and flirted with a double-double as the Aussies beat England 99-55 in the gold-medal game of the Commonwealth Games down under.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, pulled down eight rebounds, passed off three assists and made two steals in a player-of-the-game performance.

The former NCAA All-American was the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup MVP with Australia, where she has played professionally for the last five years and became a citizen in 2015.

In the Asia Cup, Griffin led the Opals to the championship game before falling to Japan 74-73. She had 30 points and 15 rebounds in the final.

Griffin had another big game in the big game, this time with Australia cutting down the nets.

It’s hardly the first title for Griffin, who led the Bendigo Spirit to a pair of WNBL championships in 2014 and 2013.