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Updated March 2013
Seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith completed her second season on the bench with the Dartmouth women's basketball program in 2012-123. Griffith joined the Big Green staff in August 2011.
The Big Green post players continued to make strides under the guidance of Griffith. Abbey Schmitt and Lakin Roland picked up a combined five Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors in 2012-13 and Roland became the lone Big Green player to top 20 points during the season. Sophomore Tia Dawson led the team in rebounding and blocked shots for the second consecutive season.
In 2012-13, the Big Green faced a tough non-conference slate and picked up wins over Bryant and UMass before defeating Harvard, Yale, Brown and Columbia in league action. Dartmouth opened Ivy League action with a 4-1 record for the first time since 2009-10.
In her first season with the Big Green the Dartmouth post players made great strides. Griffith was instrumental in the development of Arianne Hunter and Tia Dawson. Dawson, who was the Big Green's top rebounder and the top shot blocker in the Ivy League, was twice named Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
Despite having a young team and battling injuries down the stretch, the Big Green defeated Vermont and Colgate in non-conference action and swept Columbia and added wins over Brown and Cornell in Ivy League action.Griffith played professionally for 16 years on three continents and for five different leagues. Not only did she compete in the WNBA, but also the Euroleague, the American Basketball League (ABL), the Women's Chinese Basketball League (WCBL) and the Women's Korean Basketball League (WKBL). In both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, Griffith earned a gold medal as a member of Team USA.
The Sacramento Monarchs took Griffith with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft. She immediately made an impact, averaging 18.8 points per game, earning the league's Most Valuable Player Award, the Newcomer of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year. Despite winning the MVP in 1999, her most rewarding season came in 2005 as Griffith led the Monarchs to the WNBA Championship and was named the Finals MVP.
In her WNBA career, Griffith was named an All-Star 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 over 1,000 offensive rebounds. With 2,444 total rebounds, Griffith ranks fourth on the league's all-time list, plus is eighth in career steals with 529 and ninth in career blocks with 323. Considered one of the best players to ever play the game, 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.
Her professional career began in the Euroleague in 1993 with the DJK Wildcats in Aschaffenburg, Germany. In 1997, Griffith led the league in scoring and rebounding, a feat that was not duplicated until 2007. She played for Lavezzini Basket Parma in Italy from 2000-02, and her team won the Rochetti Cup and was the Italian League Champions in 2002. Griffith finished her Euroleague career with UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia from 2003-06, winning the league championship in her first year there.
Griffith also competed in the ABL for the Chicago Condors and the Long Beach Stingrays from 1997-98. She was an all-star starter in 1997 and the defensive player of the year in 1998. In 2007, she played in the WKBL for the KB Savers and was named an all-star. The following season, she played for the Henan Elephants in the WCBA and was an all-star and the league leader in rebounding.
After retiring as a player, Griffith spent one season as an adjunct assistant coach in charge of player development for the Indiana Fever in 2009. She founded the organization, All About Us Girls, Inc., which works with Sacramento, Calif., local school districts to implement a leadership academy program for girls in seventh through 12th grades. Most recently, she has been working with players in her basketball program Training With Yo. Griffith is the owner and head trainer where she focuses on teaching a high level of conditioning, correct footwork and body mechanics.