What a ride it was for Griffin (Basketball)
The season didn’t end the way Kelsey Griffin dreamed but she still had a dream season nonetheless with the University of Nebraska after winning Big 12 Player of the Year and putting herself in position to become Alaska’s second female All-American.
Griffin, of Eagle River fame, is a lock to make the first or second team based on her 20-point, 10-rebound season averages. She will join a very elite club.
Alaska’s first female All-American was Sitka’s Andrea Lloyd-Curry, a Hall-of-Famer out of the University of Texas. She was a three-time All-American (1985-87), national champion (‘87) and Olympic gold medalist (‘88).
The 6-foot-2 Griffin helped put Nebraska basketball on the map, leading the Huskers to 30-game winning streak as well as their first-ever conference title and No. 1 seed at the NCAA Tournament.
They were eliminated yesterday in the Sweet 16.
Griffin finished her college career with more hardware than Home Depot, winning first team all-conference honors three times and earning consideration for the Wade Trophy among others.
She collected 2,033 points and 1,019 rebounds—making her just the second player in Nebraska history to punch her ticket into the 2,000-1,000 Club.
Griffin is projected as a late first-round to early second-round pick in the WNBA Draft on April 8. One mock draft had her going as high as No. 9 to the Atlanta Dream.
She is trying to join Lloyd-Curry, Molly Tutor and Jessica Moore as the only Alaskans to play in the WNBA.