Griffin steps up Down Under, proves she’s still the MVP

February 1, 2015

Kelsey Griffin BasketballEagle River’s Kelsey Griffin laid down the law and proved she’s still the MVP of the Women’s National Basketball League in Australia.

The former NCAA All-American provided a personal 7-0 run inside the final five minutes to help the Bendigo Spirit beat the Townsville Fire 66-66.

Griffin finished with 18 points and continued to fuel Bendigo’s dominance in the best rivalry in Australia women’s basketball. These teams have battled in each of the last two WNBL Grand Finals, both won by Bendigo, with Griffin named MVP both years.

They are ranked 1-2 in the league again this year.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, looked like a MVP this time, too, taking over down the stretch to hand league-leading Townsville a rare loss.

She sank 6-of-9 shots, including a 3, and 5-of-5 foul shots.

The 6-foot-2 forward also grabbed 9 rebounds, made one steal and handed out one assist.

In the fourth quarter, she scored 10 of her team’s 19 points.

Tied at 55-55, she made a 3 with 4:07 left to make it 58-55. Then she scored again to make it 60-55 before she cashed in on two free throws to make it 62-55.

This was her third game in seven days, during which she averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds.