July 26, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith is ending her playing career after 11 seasons in the WNBA.
The 39-year-old Indiana Fever forward announced her retirement
Tuesday, saying she plans to begin coaching after this season. The
seven-time WNBA All-Star suffered a career-ending tear of her left
Achilles' tendon on June 9.
She had earlier said 2009 would be her last as a player, but the injury cut her season short.
Griffith is second in league history in rebounds with 2,444. She played for the gold-medal U.S. Olympic teams in 2000 and 2004 and won a WNBA title in 2005 with the Sacramento Monarchs.
She was the second overall pick in the 1999 WNBA draft and has career averages of 10.3 points and seven rebounds a game.