TORN ACHILLES TENDON ENDS GRIFFITHS SEASON
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time WNBA All-Star Yolanda Griffith tore her left Achilles’ tendon with 1:47 remaining in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s game between the Indiana Fever and Seattle Storm. Surgery is anticipated within the next week. She is out for the season.
Griffith announced before training camp that 2009 would be her final pro season. She currently is No. 2 in WNBA history in rebounds (2,444) and also ranks among the league’s all-time leaders in points (6th), steals (4th), blocks (8th) and free throws (3rd). In the midst of her 13th pro season and her 11th in the WNBA, she boasts a career that has spanned 311 games and a 2005 title with the Sacramento Monarchs. Griffith boasts career averages of 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Regarded as one of the most prominent power forwards in women’s basketball history, she was a member of the WNBA’s All-Decade Team which was selected in 2006.
“Obviously I am very sad for Yolanda,” said Fever General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Kelly Krauskopf. “She was off to a good start and we expected her to make this a great final season. She has already had such a positive impact on our team. This league will miss her.”
Fever coach Lin Dunn added, “We’re so disappointed to lose Yolanda for the season. In a very short period of time, she’s already had huge impact on our team, and we can still benefit from her leadership abilities and championship experiences.”