Griffin ignites late-game rally (Basketball)

August 6, 2011
Kelsey Griffin

The Connecticut Sun got a big boost from a familiar face last night before a WNBA icon broke their heart.

Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin came off the bench to deliver 11 points – just her second double-digit performance in 19 games this season – but Sue Bird stole the show.

Bird sank a 22-foot 3-pointer with .4 seconds left to give the Seattle Storm an 81-79 home victory, spoiling Griffin’s nice game.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, played 20 minutes and was a sparkplug that ignited her team down the stretch.

With her team down 74-62 inside the final five minutes, she drilled a 3-pointer to kickstart a 14-4 run that was capped when Tina Charles scored inside with just 3.1 seconds to put the Sun ahead 79-78.

It looked like a victory until Bird made it rain.

Griffin added three rebounds and two assists.

Her season stats are down compared to last year, but the 6-foot-2 forward is No. 1 in the WNBA with a 2.3 steals per turnover ratio.

And her team has won six of eight.