Kelsey Griffin
Kelsey Griffin

Posted Feb 27, 2010

Kelsey Griffin earned her 37th career double-double in her Senior Salute game, and the Big 12 Champion Huskers moved to 27-0 on the season with a 67-51 win over Missouri. The National Player of the Year candidate finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds in the Husker win.

Griffin finished with 19 points, but just shot just 1-10 from the field, which marks the worst shooting night of her career.  17 of Griffin’s 19 points came from the free throw line, where she shot 17-18.  Griffin’s 17 free throws set a school record for most free throws in a single game.

Nebraska held a narrow five point lead late in the first half, but an 8-0 run to end the half gave the Huskers a double digit lead going into halftime, and they would hold the double digit lead the rest of the game.

Missouri refused to back down in the second half.  Nebraska led by as much as 19 early in the second half, but the Tigers kept clawing their way back.  Nebraska outscored the Tigers by just three points in the second half, but it was enough to earn the Huskers their 27th win.

“I’ve never been tougher on a team than this team right here,” Yori announced to the crowd during the trophy ceremony.  “But they can handle it because they’re champs!”

Nebraska was once again led by their “Big Four” scorers.  Kelsey Griffin finished with 19 points, Dominique Kelley had 11 points, Yvonne Turner had 15 points, and Cory Montgomery finished with 8 points.  However, the Huskers also had a strong contribution from the bench, as the team finished with 12 points off the bench.

The most impressive stat of the game was the attendance.  The game was seen by 13,595, which is the first ever sellout for a Nebraska women’s basketball game.  The sellout crowd stayed in their seats after the game to witness the Big 12 Championship trophy presentation.  Confetti and balloons fell from the rafters as the sellout crowd celebrated the team’s success.  After the game, Connie Yori saluted the Husker faithful in the postgame ceremony.

“They would give us standing ovations when we would lose,” Yori said to the crowd during the trophy presentation.  “Who does that, but Husker fans?”

Each member of the Huskers took part in the time-honored tradition in cutting down the net.  Surrounded by confetti, balloons, and a sellout crowd, the Huskers celebrated their success.

 “It’s a great feeling,” said Yvonne Turner.  Just to accomplish high goals like we have all season is just really fun.”

The postgame ceremony was a great moment for Nebraska women’s basketball, but despite the confetti and balloons, it’s back to business for the Huskers.

“We obviously have more things to accomplish, and we’re going to get back to those on Monday,” said Dominique Kelley

The Huskers return to play on Wednesday night, when they take on the Kansas Jayhawks.  The six Husker seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game.  The game against Kansas is one of two games left in the regular season for Nebraska.  Time is running out for Nebraska’s season, so the Huskers want to continue the winning ways.

 “We’re just loving playing with each other,” said senior Kelsey Griffin.  “We know we have limited time playing together, so we just want to maximize our time together.


Check out this post game audio with Kelsey Griffin, Yvonne Turner and Dominique Kelly

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