Last season’s NCAA runner-up and current #2 ranked Baylor Lady Bears were dealt a blow to their starting lineup when senior starting point guard Kelli Griffin quit the team. Baylor made the announcement two hours before tip-off of an exhibition game against Texas A&M-International that starting point guard Kelli Griffin was no longer on the team.
Team Press Release:
“Baylor’s Kelli Griffin, starting point guard on the second-ranked Lady Bears’ team, has quit the team. The 5-8 Houston native was one of four returning starters off last season’s Final Four team that finished the season at 27-10.
Griffin leaves the program ranked No. 7 on the Lady Bears’ career assist chart with 362. She needed only 132 to become the program’s all-time assist leader. The honorable mention 2010 coaches All-Big 12 selection had started in 50 consecutive games coming into this season. She averaged 6.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 26.3 minutes a game during her three-year career.”
How huge is this loss to the Lady Bears?
Griffin had started 50 consecutive games for Baylor, which went to the NCAA Final Four last season. Griffin averaged 6.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game over her three seasons and is seventh in career assists for the Lady Bears with 362. Senior point guard needed 132 assists to become the program’s all-time assist leader.
Griffin chose Baylor over Duke, Stanford, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
THe Lady Bears have a huge hole to fill in their starting lineup. So who will get the ball to Brittney Griner? Coach Kim Mulkey must choose between Sophomore Kimetria Hayden, Sophomore Shanay Washington and freshman Odyssey Sims at the point guard position.