Griffin gets best of Moore in WNBA (Basketball)

July 14, 2010
Kelsey Griffin

There were no hugs or high fives.

Instead, it was business as usual when Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin and Palmer’s Jessica Moore faced off in the WNBA today in a matchup of Alaska’s only two women’s professional basketball players.

Griffin earned bragging rights with her Connecticut Sun beating Moore’s Indiana Fever 77-68.

“I didn’t really guard her at all,” Griffin told me. “We got the victory. That’s the most important thing.”

The 23-year-old Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, started at small forward and played 23 minutes. She scored five points and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out.

Jessica Moore

The 28-year-old Moore, of Colony High fame, came off the bench to play center and logged 11 minutes. She scored four points and had two rebounds.

Despite what was at stake, Griffin can still appreciate the trail blazed by Moore.

“The players that come out of Alaska are few and far between,” Griffin said, “so to see someone who’s played at such a great university like UConn and then to still be in the league as long as she has speaks to her basketball abilities and basketball knowledge.”

Together, Moore and Griffin are carrying on the tradition started by former WNBA players from Alaska in Sitka’s Andrea Lloyd-Curry and Soldotna’s Molly Tutor.

“I’m glad I can help keep Alaska on the map,” Griffin said. “There’s talent up there and we are definitely capable of playing basketball. Hopefully I can inspire some young girls to get out there and shoot, and at the same time inspire some coaches to give Alaska girls a chance.”

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