Griffin re-signs with Australian team [Basketball]

April 26, 2013

Just two weeks before the start of the WNBA season, Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin solidified her spot in Australia by re-signing with the Bendigo Spirit.

The 6-foot-2 forward won grand final MVP honors last year after leading Bendigo to the league championship over Townsville.

She averaged 16.5 points in 19 games in Australia.

“She could have played anywhere in the world, but she loves it in Bendigo and wants to play with the Spirit again,” coach Bernie Harrower told the Bendigo Advertiser. “Kelsey is a quality player. It was important that we kept her.”

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, is entering her fourth professional season after an All-American career at Nebraska.

The former No. 3 draft pick has played all 99 career games in the WNBA with the Connecticut Sun. She has 369 points and 354 rebounds.

Griffin is a win-first player, willing to do whatever it takes. In the WNBA, she is a defense-minded role player. In Australia, the 25-year-old is a double-double scoring and rebounding threat.

“Professional basketball is so much statistics,” Harrower said. “But when you have an international player who is so talented but care more about the team than her own numbers, it’s very special.

“Kelsey rebounds, plays great defense, works hard and is really positive influence around the team. We couldn’t have been happier with Kelsey and we’re looking forward to her playing an even more prominent role.”