Chugiak hoops star Griffin named Australian league MVP

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 11:42
  • 2005 Chugiak High grad Kelsey Griffin signs autographs during a visit to Gruening Middle School in 2011. (Star file photo)

Kelsey Griffin’s legend continues to grow Down Under.

The 2005 Chugiak High grad and former NCAA All-American capped her best season as a professional basketball player Monday by winning the Australian Women’s National Basketball League’s MVP award during a ceremony in Melbourne.

Griffin recently capped her first season in Canberra, where she led the Capitals to a league title on Feb. 16 at the AIS Arena in Canberra.

The University of Nebraska product averaged 19.3 points and a league-best 11.6 rebounds this season. She was also fifth in the leauge with 1.8 steals per game and eighth with 1.0 blocks per contest. Griffin earned 119 out of 189 possible votes, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, outdistancing Dandenong Rangers guard Bec Cole, who got 99 votes.

Griffin won her third WNBL Grand Finals MVP after scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to lead the Canberra Capitals to a 93-73 win over the Adelaide Lightning

Following the title game, Griffin told the Canberra Times she’s “in talks” to potentially return to the WNBA, where she played for the Connecticut Sun from 2010-2014.

Since 2012 Griffin has been a fixture in the Australian league, first with the Bendigo Spirit, where she played until joining Canberra before this season. In addition to her three Finals MVP awards, Griffin is also a former WNBL Defensive Player of the Year and now a three-time WNBL All-Star Five honoree. The naturalized Australian also helped her adopted country win a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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