Jan. 10, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Early in this successful season, members of the Florida Atlantic University women's basketball team had the opportunity to get words of encouragement from one of the best women's professional basketball players in history -- former Owl Yolanda Griffith. This WNBA Hall of Famer was on campus as Dartmouth, where she is in her second season as an assistant coach, had a practice at the FAU Arena during a trip through South Florida.
Griffith took time to talk to this year's Owls about some of the lessons she learned during her standout playing career. She left quite a legacy at FAU and in professional basketball. In her only season (1992-93) as an Owl, Griffith scored a school record 621 points, helped lead the team to a 84-63 victory over the University of Florida and advanced to the NCAA Division II regional tournament. As a professional, the dominating 6-foot-4 center won a WNBA championship with the Sacramento Monarchs, won two gold medals with the United States Olympic team and in 2011 was saluted as one of the top 15 players in WNBA history.
Griffith's message to current FAU players was to take advantage of every practice drill to become a better player each day. She believes she became one of the WNBA's best players when she became a better practice player.
Members of this year's team took Griffith's lessons to heart, winning three of the four games since her campus visit. The team sits in a first-place tie in the Sun Belt Conference's East Division with a 5-1 record. The Owls play at Western Kentucky University on Saturday, January 12. Tipoff is scheduled at 5 p.m.