In need, Huskers turn to Griffin (Basketball)

November 28, 2009
Kelsey Griffin

Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin made University of Nebraska history with style points last night.

The 6-foot-2 senior All-American candidate reached 1,400 points and 700 rebounds for her career on a night when she carried the Cornhuskers to a 62-45 come-from-behind win over Sun Belt champion Arkansas-Little Rock at the Saint Mary’s Hilton Tournament in California.

With her team trailing at halftime and facing one of the NCAA’s top scorers in Chastity Reed (24 ppg), Griffin rescued Nebraska with a 27-point, 14-rebound performance—most of which came in the second half. She made 11 of 20 shots and 4 of 5 free throws to match her third-highest scoring total of her career.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, collected 18 points and 8 rebounds in the final 20 minutes, helping the Cornhuskers overcome a 23-22 halftime deficit.

The Alaskan won her duel with Reed, outscoring her rival by four and winning the game. They put on a one-on-one show in the first three minutes of the second half when Reed scored her team’s first six points and Griffin netted her team’s first seven points to tie the game at 29-29.

From there, the Cornhuskers closed on a 33-16 run.

“Reed’s a great player but we came out in the second half and played some really tough team defense,” Griffin said. “I didn’t feel like I needed to carry the team because I have so many great teammates. It wasn’t just me.”

Griffin is just the sixth player in team history to join the 1,400/700 club.

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