Griffin goes off in Australia with 20/20 effort to open season

October 13, 2019
Kelsey Griffin basketball

Kelsey Griffin

Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River showed no ill effects of a toe injury that sidelined her all summer as she poured in a 20/20 double-double in the season opener in Australia.

The reigning WNBL MVP pumped in 22 points and 20 rebounds to lift the Canberra Capitals to a 90-83 win over the Adelaide Lightning.

“We know that she’s only been back one-week full practice and I didn’t plan on player her for 38 minutes … I thought she’d be asking for more subs but she didn’t and we left her out there. As I’ve said before, she’s a warrior and leads this group and had another fantastic double-double,” said coach Paul Goriss.

This is the second time the 6-foot-2 forward has gone 20/20 in the last three games, dating to last season’s WNBL Finals when she poured in 24 points and 20 rebounds in Game 2.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, went on to lead Canberra to the title, her third career championship in Australia since 2013.