All-America selection rounds out Afolabi’s stellar senior season

All-America selection rounds out Afolabi’s stellar senior season


MINNEAPOLIS -- Lewis & Clark's Ayisat Afolabi has earned a spot on the 20th annual All-America team, adding to the list of awards and key moments that defined the senior's final season with the Pioneers.

Afolabi was chosen to the All-America Fourth-Team, it was announced late last weekend, making her the highest-selected Northwest Conference student-athlete to make the list. Pacific's Sarah Curl, who was the NWC Player of the Year, was chosen honorable mention.

With the selection, Afolabi becomes the first Lewis & Clark team member to earn the award since now-assistant coach Kristina Williams was chosen to the first team in 2013, the year Williams was named NWC Player of the Year.

"Ayisat is a huge reason for our team success this past season," said first-year Lewis & Clark head coach Pamela Findlay. "She led our team in so many statistical categories including points, rebounding and steals. Opponents planned for her, but her incredible mix of athleticism, skill and competitiveness was nearly impossible to stop."  

It is the third postseason award for Afolabi, adding to her All-NWC First-Team and All-West Region First-Team nods.

In addition, Afolabi surpassed 1,000 points for her career in late January, becoming at least the 10th Pios women's basketball student-athlete to pass the milestone. She also finished as the best double-double producer in the NWC and ranked 18th in the nation.

"Throughout the season, Ayisat just kept getting better and better," said Findlay. "She was a force on the offensive and defensive end. She was so coachable and fun to work with this season. Her teammates and coaches are very proud of her."

In aiding Lewis & Clark to a turnaround from 11 wins in the prior two seasons combined to 16 and an NWC postseason berth this past year, Afolabi led the conference in rebounding by nearly two full rebounds per game and was second in scoring. She shot 50.6 percent from the field, made 98 free throws and totaled 77 steals, all of which ranked top three in the conference.

Lewis & Clark's season ended when the Pioneers lost 61-58 at No. 6 Puget Sound in the NWC tournament. Afolabi scored a game-high 30 points, which was also a new career high. She shot 50 percent from the field in the game.

2017 All-America Fourth-Team

Ayisat Afolabi - Lewis & Clark
Michelle DeSantis - Catholic
Giovanna Pickering - Babson
Madeline Homoly - Washington U.
Brianne Comden - Mary Washington