The Nebraska women’s basketball program is adding another name and number to its wall of honor inside the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. Kelsey Griffin is one of the most accomplished Huskers in program history, and she will be honored by Nebraska with the retirement of her No. 23 jersey on Wednesday, Jan. 29, when the Huskers take on Michigan. She will join 1993 Wade Trophy Winner and CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Famer Karen Jennings (No. 51) and 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy (No. 30) among Nebraska’s retired jersey honorees.
“Having my jersey retired is such an incredible honor. It means so much to me, it is hard to put into words,” Griffin said. There have been so many people along the way who have helped make this possible, and it means more because of who I was able to accomplish this with. Nebraska is such an incredible university and amazing place. It’s filled with great people, and it is because of all these attributes that makes my jersey retirement so special.”
Griffin led Nebraska to their first-ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. She captured Big 12 Player-of-the-Year honors while leading NU to a 32-2 final record that included a 16-0 Big 12 mark. She ranks No. 3 on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list with 2,033 points, while ranking No. 2 in the Husker record book with 1,019 career rebounds.
Griffin was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft. Although drafted by the Minnesota Lynx, Griffin was quickly traded to the Connecticut Sun, where she earned a spot on the WNBA All-Rookie Team in 2010. She completed her fourth professional season with the Sun in 2013, starting all 34 games and averaging career bests of 8.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. In her four-year WNBA career, she has played in 133 games with 61 starts for Connecticut.
In addition to her WNBA career, Griffin has played professionally in Hungary, Israel and most recently for the Bendigo Spirit in Australia’s WNBL. In 2012-13, Griffin led the Spirit to the WNBL title and was named the MVP of the championship series. She has returned to Australia for the 2013-14 campaign, where she plays alongside former Husker teammate and 2012 Olympian Chelsea Aubry.