Griffin goes off in Australia 3 days after Nebraska jersey ceremony

February 2, 2014
Kelsey Griffith Basketball

Photo Credit by Mark Davis/The World-Herald

The University of Nebraska bestowed Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River with the highest honor when the women’s basketball team retired her No. 23 jersey.

Three days later she was back in Australia with her pro team the Bendigo Spirit, looking a lot like the NCAA first team All-American she was at Nebraska.

The 6-foot-2 forward sank 9-of-17 shots to score 20 points to along with 12 rebounds and a blocked shot in a 79-71 victory over Sydney.

Defending league champion Bendigo is 19-2 and leads Australia’s WNBL by three games.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, ranks No. 3 in school history with 2,033 points and 1,019 rebounds – both are the most by an Alaska woman at the NCAA D1 level. She was Big 12 Player of the Year in 2010.

Still, she never expected to be remembered as one of the legends of the Nebraska program.

“Having my jersey retired is such an incredible honor. It means so much to me, it is hard to put into words,” Griffin told the media. “There have been so many people along the way who have helped make this possible, and it means more because of who I was able to accomplish this with. Nebraska is such an incredible university and amazing place. It’s filled with great people, and it is because of all these attributes that makes my jersey retirement so special.”

Griffin – who also plays for the WNBA’s Connecicut Sun during the summer – is on her way to getting No. 23 retired in Australia too. Last year she was named Finals MVP after leading the Spirit to the championship.