Cal Girly Basketball: Bears Kristine Anigwe Named Second-Time AP All-American


Cal senior Christine Anigwe was voted to the All-American team of the Associated Press, which is a great achievement for a player in a team that ended the season declassified. She was the only player between the first team and second team that played a team that did not finish in the top 13 in the final AP ranking.

The All-American teams were announced on Monday. Cal has never had a player named All-American. Brittany Boyd (2015) is the only other Cal player named for the second team.

Anigwe finished the season with an average of 22.5 points, which came in ninth in the country, and she led the country by a wide rebound margin, averaging 16.2 boards per game. She finished as Cal's scoring leader and career rebound, and she had her sequence of 33 consecutive doubles ended when the Bears (19-12 overall, 9-9 Pac-12) lost to Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Tournament . She was the only player this season to have a game of 30 to 30, accumulating 32 points and 30 rebounds against Washington State.

Anigwe got five first-place votes, more than any other on the second team, from the panel of media members. However, each of the first team's selections received at least 20 first place votes. Anigwe finished eighth overall in the polling points received.

The 6-foot-4 Anigwe was one of three Pac-12 players to receive All-American status. Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu was a first team selection, and Alanna Smith of Stanford was named to the second team.

Here are the All-American selections, followed by your stats (with the number of votes in first place and total points received from the voter panel):


Napheesa Collier, UConn, 6-1, senior, O Fallon, Mo, 20.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 61.4 fg pct (27 out of 28 first place votes, 138 points )

Megan Gustafson, Iowa, 6-3, Senior, Port Wing, Wisconsin, 28.0 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 69.6 fg, 1.8 blocks (26, 136)

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon, 5-11, Junior, Walnut Creek, California, 19.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 8.1 apg, 42.3 3 points, (26.136)

Asia Durr, Louisville, 5-10, senior, Douglasville, Georgia, 21.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 stolen (25, 134)

Teaira McCowan, State of Mississippi, 6-7, senior, Brenham, Texas, 17.8 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 65.5 fg, 2.4 blocks (20, 124)


Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame, 5-8, senior, Milwaukee, 21.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.9 ap., 1.9 steals (4, 87)

Kalani Brown, Baylor, 6-7, Senior, Slidell, Louisiana, 15.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 62.3 fg, 1.5 blocks (3.81)

Kristine Anigwe, Calif., 6-4 senior, Phoenix, 22.9 ppg, 16.3 rpg, 51.9 fg, 1.8 blocks (5.76)

Alanna Smith, Stanford, 6-3, senior, Melbourne, Australia, 19.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.4 blocks (0.68)

Bridget Carleton, Iowa State, 6-1 senior, Chatham, Ontario, 21.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.1 apg, 84.8 ft pct (0.60)


Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn, 6-3, senior, Huntington Beach, California, 18.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 88.1 feet per person (.58)

Jessica Shepard, Notre Dame, 6-4, senior, Fremont, Nebraska, 16.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 60.8 fg pct (2.29)

Lauren Cox, Baylor, 6-4, junior, Flower Mound, Texas, 12.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 50.5 ff pct, 2.5 blocks (1.29)

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri, 6-1, senior, Columbia, Mo. 18.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.8 apg (0.11)

Jackie Young, Notre Dame, 6-0, junior, Princeton, Indiana, 14.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 5.3 apg, 55.4 fg pct (1,15)


Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)

Bella Alarie, Princeton; Chastadie Barrs, Lamar; Kenisha Bell, Minnesota; Chennedy Carter, Texas A& M; Kaila Charles, Maryland; Crystal Dangerfield, UConn; Close Dillard, Buffalo; Reyna Frost, Central Michigan; Ae'rianna Harris, Purdue; Ruthy Hebard, Oregon; Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette; Jazzmun Holmes, State of Mississippi; Anriel Howard, State of Mississippi; Kiara Leslie, N.C. State; Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse; Aari McDonald, Arizona; Beatrice Mompremier, Miami; Destination Slocum, Oregon State.


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