Griffin quietly doing all the right things for WNBA’s Sun

July 6, 2014

Kelsey Griffin BasketballThe Connecticut Sun play basketball like the stock market, winning six in a row and then losing four straight.

They got back on track with a 78-76 victory over Tulsa, needing a late bucket to seal the deal. Afterwards one of the veteran Connecticut players called out her teammates, demanding more focus.

She wasn’t talking about Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River.

Alaska’s greatest women’s basketball player is having another strong season in the WNBA and is on page to average career highs in rebounds and blocked shots despite her shooting struggles.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, is averaging 4.8 points in 18 games this season but shooting only .308 from the field; she came into the season firing at a .388 clip.

Nonetheless, the 6-foot-2 forward has managed to average a career-best 5.8 rebounds this year in addition to having 13 blocked shots, putting her on pace to better last year’s total of 23.

What’s more, the Connecticut Sun improved to 6-0 since June 7 when Griffin plays at least 20 minutes. She played 25 against Tulsa, the first time in five games she hit that mark; oddly enough the team lost all four when she didn’t.

Griffin scored six points, grabbed seven rebounds, blocked a shot and dished off an assist in the win. She also took nine shots, her most attempts in six weeks.

With a 9-10 record near the halfway point of the season, the Sun still have time to regain a playoff spot. Just as long as Griffin hits her magical minutes mark, the team should hit its.