June 12, 2014
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette women’s basketball assistant coach Yolanda Griffith will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday June 14 in Nashville, Tenn. Griffith played professionally for 16 years and was a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist with USA Basketball. The induction ceremony will be available live on ESPN3.
Griffith is beginning her second season with Lafayette after spending two seasons at Dartmouth. Prior to her coaching career, she played in five different leagues during her 16-year professional career, including the WNBA, Euroleague, American Basketball League (ABL), Women's Chinese Basketball League (WCBL) and Women's Korean Basketball League (WKBL). The Chicago native was a member of both the 2000 and 2004 USA Basketball teams at the Olympic Games, winning a pair of gold medals.
The Sacramento Monarchs took Griffith with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft. In her first season, she averaged 18.8 points per game while earning the league's Most Valuable Player, the Newcomer of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year awards. In 2005, Griffith led the Monarchs to the WNBA Championship and was named the Finals MVP.
In her WNBA career, Griffith achieved All-Star recognition seven times and made the All-WNBA team five times, including first-team honors in 1999 and 2005. She is the league's all-time leader in offensive rebounds with 1,049, and is the only player with more than 1,000 offensive rebounds. With 2,444 total rebounds, Griffith ranks fourth on the league's all-time list, eighth in career steals (529) and ninth in career blocks (323). Griffith was named to the WNBA's 10th Anniversary All-Decade Team, comprised of the 10 best and most influential players from the league's inaugural decade.
Griffith will be honored alongside Lin Dunn, Michelle Edwards, Mimi Griffin, Jasmina Perazic and Charlotte West at the event in Knoxville, Tenn. on June 14.
For more information on the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame visit http://www.wbhof.com/