Griffin plays hero twice for Sun in WNBA win

August 10, 2014

Kelsey Griffin BasketballIt’s been a tough season for the Connecticut Sun, failing to make the WNBA playoffs for the second straight season.

But Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River plays hard no matter the situation.

The fifth-year forward came up big today, sinking big buckets on the final play of regulation and then again late in the second overtime to fuel an 89-81 win over Washington and her former coach.

“Kelsey Griffin, MVP of the game if you ask me,” Connecticut coach Anne Donovan told reports. “Just in terms of her defensive energy, deflections, picking up the charge, the last steal she had, knocking down the three; they were huge.”

Griffin’s putback at the buzzer tied the game at 70-70 and forced overtime. Later she drained an open 3-pointer to provide a 79-75 lead with 2:18 left.

It was just the eighth 3-pointer the Alaskan had made in 29 games this year.

“I’m not someone who takes a lot of shots and produces a lot of points,” Griffin told reporters. “I work very hard on that [3-point] shot. They were daring us to shoot from the outside.

“I said, ‘Why not take the shot?’ I made it all the time in practice, why not now?”

She played 27 minutes and finished with eight points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one blocked shot and a +13 plus/minus rating.