Career-high 27 points propels Afolabi to second NWC honor of the season

Career-high 27 points propels Afolabi to second NWC honor of the season

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Creeping up on 1,000 career points, Ayisat Afolabi posted a career-high 27 in a win over nationally-ranked Whitman on Saturday and a pair of double-doubles to help the Pios to a weekend sweep. The senior now has 10 double-doubles on the year, which ranks her 23rd in the country, and was selected Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced late Monday. It is her second time winning a conference honor this year.

In a 72-61 win over Whitworth on Friday, she scored 19 points, shot 8 of 12 from the field and 3 of 4 from the line, with 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. She tallied a career-high 27 points in Saturday's 79-70 win against No. 18 Whitman, hitting 9 of 18 on field goals (including a three) and 8 of 11 on free throws, with 12 boards, three steals and an assist. 

She averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 steals for the week, while shooting 57 percent (17 of 30) from the floor and was 73 percent (11 of 15) on her free throws. She is the NWC's top rebounder by a wide margin, averaging 10.6 per game, and is also ranked fourth in points per game and seventh in field-goal percentage. 

Her 46 points this weekend put her only 29 away from hitting 1,000 career points. After playing in only 17 games last year, Afolabi has already hit that mark this year, looking to play eight more in the remainder of the regular season. She has already surpassed her season totals for points from her freshman and junior years, most likely posting a career high in points for a season this year. 

Afolabi's consistently solid season has elevated the Pioneers to a 12-5 overall record and a fourth-place spot in the NWC standings. With a 5-3 conference mark, Lewis & Clark is two games ahead of fifth-place Willamette entering the second half of the conference schedule.

2016-17 Lewis & Clark NWC Student-Athletes of the Week

Sept. 12 - Annie McCutchan (Women's Golf)
Sept. 19 - Claire Burke (Women's Golf)
Oct. 3 - Kortney Meyer (Volleyball - Offensive)
Oct. 3 - Alexe Navarro (Volleyball - Defensive)
Oct. 17 - Liam Monheim (Men's Cross Country)
Dec. 5 – Kassie Kometani (Women's Swimming)
Dec. 28 - Ayisat Afolabi (Women's Basketball)