Former Nebraskan Leading Australian Opals to Victory

Former Nebraska All-American Kelsey Griffin powered the Australian National Women’s Basketball Team to a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games on Saturday in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

The 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, who was a first-team All-American for the Huskers in 2010, scored a game-high 16 points while adding eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in her second career tournament appearance with the Opals. Griffin’s dominant all-around game led Australia to a 99-55 victory over England in the championship game at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

With Griffin leading the way, the Opals went 5-0 to claim gold including a 109-50 victory over New Zealand in the semifinals. Griffin notched 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals in just 18 minutes in the semifinal win.

In five tournament games, Griffin averaged 11.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals in just over 18 minutes per game, while the Opals won by an average margin of 108-55.