Former Nebraska basketball player Kelsey Griffin will have her No. 23 jersey retired before Wednesday night's game against Michigan at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Griffin was an All-American and Big 12 player of the year in 2010. She now plays for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. She'll join Karen Jennings (No. 51) and Maurtice Ivy (No. 30) in having her jersey retired.
Current Husker Jordan Hooper goes into the game against the Wolverines needing five points to catch Griffin on the school's all-time scoring list. Hooper also needs 10 rebounds to join Griffin and Jennings as the only players in program history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Griffin said she was “blown away” by the news that her jersey was being retired. “Having my jersey retired is such an incredible honor. It means so much to me, it is hard to put into words. 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.”
Nebraska coach Connie Yori said the time was right to honor Griffin. “Kelsey Griffin is one of the greatest players and greatest people in the history of Nebraska women’s basketball. You look at what she accomplished while she was here both on the court, in the classroom and in the community, then you look at what she has done in the WNBA and overseas and it is pretty amazing. Those accomplishments probably only tell people a small part of the story of how tremendous a person Kelsey really is. I am so happy that we can honor her in this way."
Griffin 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 the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons with 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. This season, she is averaging 12.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while playing alongside former Husker teammate and 2012 Olympian Chelsea Aubry.