Griffin named the Big 12 Player of the week

Kelsey Griffin

Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the second time in the past three weeks, when the league office announced its weekly winners on Monday afternoon.

The 6-2 senior forward from Eagle River, Alaska, produced 27 points, seven rebounds and three steals in Nebraska's 88-41 win over Albany on Dec. 30, while playing just 22 minutes. She hit all nine of her shots from the field, including a career-high two three-pointers, and connected on all seven free throw attempts. The performance is believed to be the best shooting performance by a women's basketball player in the history of the Devaney Center.

The two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection scored 18 points in the first half, as NU raced to a 53-24 halftime lead against an Albany squad that had held five of its first 10 opponents to fewer than 53 points a game. Griffin increased her team-leading averages to 18.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals. She ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring and leads the league in rebounding. She is also hitting 63.6 percent of her field goal attempts, which ranks third nationally, including 50 percent (5-10) from three-point range on the season. Her five three-pointers this season have already surpassed her previous career total of three heading into her senior year.

Griffin, who captured her first league player-of-the-week award this season following a 30-point, 14-rebound performance in NU's win over No. 5 LSU, shared this week's honor with Oklahoma's Amanda Thompson. It was Griffin's fifth career Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award.

Baylor freshman Brittney Griner was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the fourth time this season.

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