Kelsey Griffin claims WNBL MVP
Kelsey Griffin was last night named the league’s Most Valuable Player at the WNBL Awards after a record-breaking season.
The University of Canberra Capitals captain claimed her first MVP award, as voted by the coaches and head referee following each game through the regular season.
Griffin polled 119 votes out of a maximum 189, 20 clear of her closest rival after she averaged 19.3 points (third most in the league), 11.6 rebounds (first), 1.8 steals (fifth) and one block (eighth) per game while leading the competition for field goals made and offensive rebounds.
She was named to the Team of the Week on 11 occasions, Player of the Week twice and was the December Play of the Month in an incredibly consistent campaign for her first season with the UC Capitals.
Griffin’s MVP award follows three Rachael Sporn Grand Final MVP awards during her time with Bendigo in 2013 and 2014 and this season with the UC Capitals.
Griffin was also named in the WNBL All-Star 5 alongside Bec Cole (Jayco Rangers), Lindsay Allen (Deakin Melbourne Boomers), Asia Taylor (Perth Lynx) and Nia Coffey (Adelaide Lightning).
The All-Star Five is voted on by coaches and captains at the end of the regular season, choosing from a short-list of 20 players that received MVP votes during the regular season.
Griffin’s inclusion marks her third All-Star Five award for her career and first since 2016.