Alaskans help Mines make history (Basketball)

March 8, 2010

So apparently all it took for the Colorado School of Mines to make history in women’s basketball was to get a pair of Alaskans on its roster.

Savannah Afoa

Senior starter Savannah Afoa of Anchorage and freshman reserve Allie Grazulis of Palmer have helped the Orediggers earn their first-ever berth into the NCAA Division II Championships by earning the No. 8 seed in the Central Region.

Colorado School of Mines has a 20-8 record, the program’s first 20-win season, and the 14 wins in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tied the single-season record for league victories.

Afoa, of Dimond High fame, has started 27 games and averages 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 18.1 minutes.

Grazulis, a former Colony High star, has played in every game, coming off the bench to collect 2.0 points and 1.8 boards in 10.9 minutes.

Allie Grazulis

The Orediggers open postseason play Friday against the fourth-ranked team in the country, Fort Lewis, the Central Region’s top seed and tournament host.

Colorado School of Mines has won eight of 10 games entering the playoffs.

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