The Connecticut Sun play basketball like the stock market, winning six in a row and then losing four straight.
They got back on track with a 78-76 victory over Tulsa, needing a late bucket to seal the deal. Afterwards one of the veteran Connecticut players called out her teammates, demanding more focus.
She wasn’t talking about Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River.
Griffin is having another strong season in the WNBA and is on page to average career highs in rebounds and blocked shots despite her shooting struggles.
Griffin, a Chugiak High graduate, is averaging 4.8 points in 18 games this season but shooting only 30.8 percent from the field. She came into the season firing at a 38.8 clip.
Nonetheless, the 6-foot-2 forward has managed to average a career-best 5.8 rebounds this year in addition to having 13 blocked shots, putting her on pace to better last year’s total of 23.
What’s more, since June 7, the Connecticut Sun are 6-0 when Griffin plays at least 20 minutes. She played 25 against Tulsa, the first time in five games she hit that mark. She scored six points, grabbed seven rebounds, blocked a shot and dished off an assist in the win. She also took nine shots, her most attempts in six weeks.
Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.