Griffin’s stock rising ‘Down Under’ [Basketball]

November 25, 2012

Kelsey Griffin

Admittedly more relaxed outside the shadow of the WNBA, Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River continues to thrive in Australia.

The starting forward was impressive with a game-high 22 points in her home debut for the Bendigo Spirit of the WNBL in a 68-62 win over Adelaide.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, sank 7 of 13 shots from the field and made 5 of 10 free throws in 33 minutes.

“Here the pressure is not about having to score a lot of points, win a lot of rebounds,” she told the Bendigo Advertiser. “It’s all about doing what I can for the team, and I like that.”

The Spirit improved to 3-0 with her in the lineup and they lead the WNBL at 9-1 overall.

Griffin, the No. 3 pick in the 2010 WNBA draft, plays for the Connecticut Sun. She is a reserve forward and every move is under the microscope as a former lottery pick.

She has averaged 3.7 points in 99 career WNBA games.

But in Australia she’s pumping in 21.7 points.

“I hadn’t received any other offers [after the WNBA season], so I thought I would at least try my luck and play in Australia for the first time,” Griffin said. “I had been waiting for a few weeks for a chance to play with Bendigo, so it was great to finally be on the court and playing.”