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Kelsey Griffin #5 Forward

Kelsey Griffin

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2013 WNBA Season: Only Sun player to start all 34 games…Candidate for Most Improved Player Award…Had a career-best 12 double-figure scoring games…Had nine double-figure scoring games in three previous seasons combined…Had a career-high 22 points against New York (8/25)…Had second career double-double against New York (22 points, 10 rebounds)…Averaged career-best 8.7 points and five rebounds per game…Set new career highs for minutes (864), field goals (109), field goal attempts (246), free throws (66), free throw attempts (90), offensive rebounds (61), rebounds (170), steals (42), blocks (23) and points (296)…Averaged 12 points last five games…Fifth in the league in steals per turnover (1.2).

2012 WNBA Season: Appeared in 31 games with six starts…Finished fifth on the team in total rebounds (90)… Stepped up when injuries sidelined Asjha Jones and Mistie Mims…Had her first double-double of her career at San Antonio (8/30), finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds…Had nine points and nine rebounds at Chicago (8/28)…Scored 10 points in another key win over the Sky (9/9)…Was 4 of 6 from the field for nine points with six rebounds off the bench in the season finale against Atlanta (9/23).
In The Playoffs: Appeared in one game, playing a total of four minutes.

2011 WNBA Season: Appeared in 34 games with two starts…Finished fourth on the team with 104 total rebounds…Had a career-high 14 points against Minnesota (8/16)…Had single-season career-highs of 25 assists and 45 offensive rebounds…Tied a career-high with 11 rebounds in 12 minutes at Atlanta (8/19)…Had nine games with at least five rebounds…Ranked No. 1 in the WNBA in steals per turnover (1.9), eighth in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (4.1) and 18th in rebounds per 40 minutes (9.5).
In The Playoffs: Played 16 minutes off the bench in the Atlanta series…Had three points and a blocked shot during Game 1 (9/16).

2010 WNBA Season: Appeared in 34 games with 19 starts…Voted to the WNBA All-Rookie team after finishing second among rookies and second on the Sun in rebounds (160)…Had a career-high 11 rebounds twice…Had 10 or more rebounds three times…Scored a career-high 11 points against Washington (5/23)…Made 13 threes…Ranked second among rookies and third on the team with 17 blocks…Led or shared the lead in rebounding four times.

Other Professional Experience:Played in Australia for the Bendigo Spirit in 2012-13…Appeared in 20 Hungarian League and 12 EuroLeague games for Pecs 2010 during the 2010-11 offseason…Averaged 14.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in Hungarian League play and 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in EuroLeague action.

College: Big 12 Player of the Year as a senior…A finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy and Wooden Award in 2009-10…Recognized as the most outstanding student-athlete with the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award…Led the Cornhuskers in scoring (20.1 points per game) and rebounds (10.4 per game) in her senior season…Led the Big 12 with 18 double-doubles as a senior…Led Nebraska to the first perfect season in Big 12 history in 2009-10…Three-time First Team All Big 12…Named to the 2009-10 Big 12 All-Defensive Team after collecting 60 steals, 26 blocks and 29 charges drawn…Second all-time on the Nebraska career double-doubles list (38)…Third in career scoring (2,000 points) and rebounding (993)…Seventh at Nebraska in career scoring average (16 ppg.)…Seventh in career blocks (90)…Named Big 12 Player of the Week six times as a senior…Posted 101 career double-figure scoring games…Holds the Nebraska record for career starts (124)…Big 12 Freshman of the Year…Big 12 All-Rookie Team…Redshirted in 2008-09 season because of a foot injury that required surgery…Played the entire 2007-08 season wearing a protective vest after cracking a rib in Nebraska’s final exhibition game.


Daughter of Jim and Jan Griffin…Has one older brother, Geoff, and a younger sister, Jayme…Biological science major had a 3.41 GPA…Was a two-time first-team academic All Big 12 selection…An eight-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll…Selected to the 2006-07 Big 12 Winter Good Works Team for her community relations service…Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Chugiak High in 2004-05…Averaged 19.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 4.3 steals and 2.1 blocks per game…Had 10 points and 13 rebounds in the Class 4A state title game as a sophomore, leading Chugiak over Wasilla…Also played varsity volleyball, and was an honor roll student…Nickname is Mo (short for Eskimo).

Career Transactions

Selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2010 WNBA Draft, then traded the same day to the Sun in exchange for Connecticut’s first and second round picks in the 2011 WNBA Draft.