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Taryn Griffey steps away from basketball

Posted at 5:16 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 20:16:41-04

Taryn Griffey has decided to retire from the game of basketball due to injuries she has sustained throughout her career. She plans to continue her academic career at the University of Arizona.

Below is a statement from Griffey:

First of all, I would like to thank coach Butts for recruiting me and giving me the opportunity to play Division I college basketball and for also believing in me when not very many people did.

I would also like to thank coach Barnes for always pushing me to not only become a better leader but to become a better person on and off the court.

I would like to thank coach Finley for always making every situation fun and for helping me grow my basketball IQ.

I would like to thank the fans for always being there and staying by our side when we needed you the most. I wouldn’t have been able to have this fantastic experience without you guys. I will definitely miss playing in front of everyone in McKale.

I would also like to thank my incredible teammates for being the amazing sisters that they are, I love you guys.

Finally, I would like to thank my family for being extremely supportive with my decision and for always being there when I needed you the most.

It is no secret that over these past few years I have dealt with multiple injuries that have caused me to either sit out a few games or sit out an entire season. So with that being said I have decided that it’s best for me and my future health to walk away from the game of basketball. Nothing has changed though, that little girl that fell in love with the game of basketball 19 years ago hasn't changed, just the circumstances. I will still be a part of this program and will help my teammates in any way I can. One door closes and another one opens. I am forever grateful for where basketball has taken me and I am beyond grateful for the lifelong friendships that I have established throughout my years playing.