Griffin delivers first double-double for Bendigo in Australia

October 25, 2016

Kelsey Griffin

Kelsey Griffin

Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River isn’t necessarily the focal point of the offense for the Bendigo Spirit like in years past.

Yet she still finds a way to be productive.

The 6-foot-2 forward scored 13 points on minimal field-goal attempts in a 71-67 loss to Melbourne during WNBL play in Australia.

Most of her points came on 7-of-9 shooting from the foul line. She added a game-high 11 rebounds for her first double-double in four games this season.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, is averaging 11.8 points and 8.8 rebounds.

She led Bendigo to back-to-back WNBL championships in 2014 and 2013 and was twice named Grand Final MVP. She has since remained one of the top players in Australia and was one of the final cuts for the Australian Olympic team for the Rio Games.

Bendigo has added new weapons to the roster and there doesn’t seem to be as much pressure on Griffin to score. She hasn’t taken more than nine shots in a game and is usually third or fourth in total attempts on a given night.

The 29-year-old former NCAA All-American takes fewer shots these days but remains a threat to score thanks to her improved 3-point stroke and willingness to get to the foul line.