Afoa’s career ends with playoff loss (Basketball)

March 12, 2010
Savannah Afoa

Anchorage’s Savannah Afoa delivered another strong defensive effort—the staple of her career—but it couldn’t save the Colorado School of Mines in tonight’s NCAA Division II playoff game.

The former Dimond High star grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in a 63-54 loss to top seeded and tournament host Fort Lewis, which has now won 31 of 34 games this season. Foul trouble limited her minutes (23) and scoring (2).

It was the first-ever showing at the Division II National Tournament for Colorado School of Mines, which finished 20-9 for the school’s only 20-win season.

Afoa, a 6-foot-1 senior center, finished her college career with 171 blocked shots, third on the school’s all-time list.

Colorado School of Mines also features Alaskan Allie Grazulis, a freshman from Palmer who replaced Afoa at the end of the game in a passing of the torch of sorts.

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