Alaskans strike gold at Mines (Basketball)
Anchorage’s Savannah Afoa and Palmer’s Allie Grazulis are big reasons why NCAA Division II Colorado School of Mines has won 12 of its first 17 games this season.
Grazulis, of Colony High fame, enjoyed the finest game of her college career Monday against Johnson & Wales with season-high totals of 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in an 83-34 win.
The 5-foot-11 freshman has played in all 17 games, coming off the bench to average modest numbers (2.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg) because of limited playing time (13.1 mpg).
Afoa, of Dimond High fame, has started all 16 games she’s played, leading the team in field-goal percentage (.554) and ranking second in blocks (24), third in rebounding (4.4) and sixth in scoring (5.1).
The 6-foot-1 senior center has started 69 of her last 73 college games and currently ranks No. 3 all-time in career blocked shots (151).
Afoa is a multi-sport athlete at the Colorado School of Mines. Last year she earned All-American honors in the discus at the 2009 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.