After recording back-to-back 30-point, 15-rebound performances to lead the Bears to three wins in three days, sophomore center Kristine Anigwe was voted Pac-12 Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec was voted Freshman of the Week. In addition, Anigwe earned ESPNW National Player of the Week.
This is the first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor for Anigwe, who earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week recognition a record eight times last year and was conference Freshman of the Year at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. Anigwe is the first Cal player to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week since Courtney Range earned the honor in the opening week of the 2015-16 season.
The 2016 USBWA Freshman of the Year, Anigwe averaged 29.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game as Cal swept all three games at the 2016 Puerto Rico Classic in Las Vegas to improve to 12-0 on the season.
Anigwe started the week with 18 points on seven-for-seven shooting from the floor against Southern Miss, before erupting for 32 points and 15 rebounds in Cal's win over No. 20 Oklahoma on Tuesday night. The 6'4" center connected on a career-high 16 free throws and added three blocks and two steals as the Bears prevailed in their first game of the year against an AP-ranked opponent. Anigwe followed up Tuesday's effort with 39 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in 27 minutes of action against Arkansas State.
There have now been five 30-point, 15-rebound performances in women's Division I basketball this season, two of which belong to Anigwe. Her three 30-point games tare tied for second-most in country, trailing only Washington's Kelsey Plum.
A 2017 Wade Watch and Naismith Trophy candidate, Anigwe currently ranks third in the nation in scoring, averaging 25.1 points per game. Her production is made even more impressive is averaging only 27.1 minutes per game this season and scoring at a rate of 37 points per 40 minutes, the highest by any player in the country.
The Bears will be back in action on Thursday, kicking off Pac-12 play at Arizona at 6 p.m. PT. The Bears and Wildcats split their two meetings last year, with each team winning on their home court. Cal went 4-14 in conference last season, but was picked to finish sixth this season in both the Pac-12 preseason media and coaches polls.