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Taryn Griffey takes indefinite leave of absence

Jesus Barrera

Arizona guard Taryn Griffey (3) calls out a play as she runs down the court in McKale Center on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Griffey has returned to the team after taking a brief leave of absence.

The Arizona women’s basketball team won its game versus Colorado on Sunday afternoon, but did suffer a loss in a different way.

Freshman point guard Taryn Griffey has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons and will be away from the team indefinitely.

“She’s just taking a leave of absence for personal reasons, and she’s obviously still a part of our basketball team, and we look forward to having her back,” Arizona head coach Niya Butts said.

Griffey, one of the highest-ranked recruits Arizona has brought in Butts’ tenure, has started in 14 games this season and is averaging 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. She also leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (43.3%).

There was no timetable given for Griffey’s return, and the team will have to replace the point guard in the meantime.

“It certainly affects it,” Butts said about the team’s rotation without Griffey. “That takes a point guard away from us, takes the ability to score [away] – she’s has a great three point shot, so that affects us a little bit with the rotation. We got to get that worked out as a staff, and that means everybody else has to step up.”

Griffey, the sister of Arizona football wide receiver Trey Griffey and the daughter of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr, redshirted last season as she was recovering from knee injuries that forced her to miss the final two years of her high school career.

The team will play its second game without Griffey on Friday against No. 17 Arizona State in Tempe. Tipoff is at 7 pm.

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