Cal Women's Basketball: Bears' Kristine Anigwe Named Second-Team AP All-American

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Jake Curtis

Cal senior Christine Anigwe was voted to the Associated Press second-team All-American team, which is a major accomplishment for a player on a team that finished the season unranked. She was the only player among the first-team and second-team selections that played for a team that did not finish among the top 13 in the final AP rankings.

The All-American teams, selected by a panel of media members, were announced on Monday. Cal has never had a player named a first-team All-American. Brittany Boyd (2015) is the only other Cal player named to the second team.

Anigwe finished the season averaging 22.5 points, which ranked ninth in the country, and she led the nation by a wide margin in rebounding, averaging 16.2 boards per game. She finished as Cal’s career scoring and rebounding leader, and she had her streak of 33 consecutive double-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 players this season to have a 30-30 game, collecting 32 points and 30 rebounds against Washington State.

Anigwe got five first-place votes, more than anyone else on the second team, from te panel of media members. However, each of the first-team selections received at least 20 first-place votes. Anigwe finished eighth in the total voting 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 Stanford’s Alanna Smith was named to the second team.

Here are the All-American selections, followed by their statistics (with the number of first-place votes and total points received from the panel of voters):

First Team

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

Megan Gustafson, Iowa, 6-3, senior, Port Wing, Wis., 28.0 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 69.6 fg pct, 1.8 blocks (26, 136)

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon, 5-11, junior, Walnut Creek, Calif., 19.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 8.1 apg, 42.3 3-pt fg pct, (26, 136)

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

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

Second Team

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

Kalani Brown, Baylor, 6-7, senior, Slidell, La., 15.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 62.3 fg pct, 1.5 blocks (3, 81)

Kristine Anigwe, California, 6-4, senior, Phoenix, 22.9 ppg, 16.3 rpg, 51.9 fg pct, 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)

Third Team

Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn, 6-3, senior, Huntington Beach, Calif., 18.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 88.1 ft pct (0, 58)

Jessica Shepard, Notre Dame, 6-4, senior, Fremont, Neb., 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 fg pct, 2.5 blocks (1, 29)

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri, 6-1, senior, Columbia, Mo. 18.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.8 apg (0, 21)

Jackie Young, Notre Dame, 6-0, junior, Princeton, Ind., 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; Cierra Dillard, Buffalo; Reyna Frost, Central Michigan; Ae’rianna Harris, Purdue; Ruthy Hebard, Oregon; Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette; Jazzmun Holmes, Mississippi State; Anriel Howard, Mississippi State; Kiara Leslie, N.C. State; Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse; Aari McDonald, Arizona; Beatrice Mompremier, Miami; Destiny Slocum, Oregon State.

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