Griffin To Be Honored By Nebraska

Connecticut Sun forward Kelsey Griffin recently learned that Nebraska is retiring her No. 23. She is just the third women’s basketball player in Cornhusker program history to be so honored, joining Karen Jennings and Maurtice Ivy.

Griffin is one of the most accomplished players in Nebraska program history. A first-team All American, she was a National Player of the Year finalist as well as a Big 12 Player of the Year finalist in 2010. She finished her career at Nebraska ranked third all-time in scoring (2,033 points) and second in rebounds (1,019). >br>
Currently playing in Australia for defending WNBL champion Bendigo, Griffin took a few minutes the other day to reflect on the honor.

Is this the first time you have ever had a number retired?
“This is the first time I've had my jersey retired.”

How did you find out?
“Coach (Connie) Yori called me. I remember I was in my apartment in Connecticut when she rang.”

What was your reaction to being just the third player to have their number retired in program history?
“I was speechless. I couldn't believe it. Having my jersey retired is such an amazing honor. It is still hard to put into words what it means to me.”

How did your family react?
“They were so excited and happy for me. They said it was well deserved.”

Has it sunk in yet that your number will be hanging in the rafters for as long as there is a Nebraska Athletic program?
“No, it definitely hasn't. I don't know if it ever will. But I will say that I am so grateful for it to be happening at this time in my life. Since graduating I've had trials and tribulations throughout my professional career. To now be catching my stride again and have amazing people in my life to share it with makes the timing perfect for this honor. I believe I will appreciate it now, more than ever before.”

Will you be able to attend or will you be in Australia?
“I will be able to attend. I've always wanted to make it back to watch a Nebraska game. I couldn't be more excited to see the team play in the new stadium!”