Cal Women's Basketball: Kristine Anigwe Collects 32 Points, 30 Rebounds in Win

Kristine Anigwe (31) tied the Pac-12 record for rebounds in a gamePhoto courtesy of Cal Athletics

Cal star ties Pac-12 record for rebounds in game and gets first 30-30 game in Division I in more than 16 years

There are a number of ways to measure Kristine Anigwe's monster game in Cal's 80-58 victory over Washington State in Pullman, Wash., on Sunday afternoon.

First the facts: Anigwe tied the Pac-12 record for rebounds in a game with 30, which is four more than the previous Cal record and five more than Anigwe's previous career high. Anigwe tied the conference mark set by Chantel Osahor of Washington two years ago. Osahor had been the only Pac-12 player to record more than 27 rebounds in a game before Anigwe did it.

Anigwe also scored 32 points, giving her the first 30-30 game in Division I women's basketball since December 2002.

(Did this performance greatly improve Anigwe's chances of being named a first-team All-American? Click here for last week's story about her chances.)

Anigwe outrebounded the entire Washington State team by eight boards, and she might have had more if they had been needed late in the game.

She broke the school record with her 27th rebound with more than a minute remaining in the third quarter. Anigwe fell well short of the Division I record of 40 rebounds in a game, set by Deborah Temple of Delta State in 1983. But it did not seem out of reach after the third quarter.

Only six players in women’s Diivsion I history have had more than 30 rebounds in a game.

"When I was little my mom would always be on me to rebound," Anigwe said after the game. "That's what I've been trying to do, especially this year.

"My mom hasn't been able to come to all my games anymore, so this is really for the people who have been there for me through it all.

"I'm just playing for other people -- playing for my mom, my family, my team and my coach."

And there were other milestones for Anigwe as Cal (18-11, 9-9 Pac-12) rolled to victory in its final regular-season game.

With her fifth point on Sunday, Anigwe moved into fourth place on the Pac-12 career scoring list, passing former Stanford star Nneka Ogwumike. The Cal star also broke the Pac-12 record for consecutive double-doubles, surpassing former Oregon player Jillian Alleyne with her 30th straight double-double on Sunday.

It was Anigwe's fifth game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, and she now leads the nation by a wide margin in rebounds at 16.4 per game.

(Video below says Anigwe had 30 points; she actually had 32).

Cal and Washington State (9-20, 4-14) will face each other again in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Las Vegas. And you have to wonder whether Anigwe can come close to matching her amazing statistics next week.

Almost forgotten amid Anigwe's numbers is the fact that Cal has won four in a row and now seems assured of a berth in the NCAA Tournament regardless of what happens in the conference tournament.

"We're blooming right now," Anigwe said

Anigwe already had double figures in both points and rebounds early in the second period on Sunday.

She had 17 points and 18 rebounds in the first half, which ended with Cal holding a 42-30 lead. The Bears controlled the game from there in perhaps their most dominant win of the season.

"We have really, really good chemistry this year, something that's so new to me," Anigwe said. "We're all trying to prove everybody wrong."

The Bears took command in the first quarter, when they used a 13-0 run to take a 23-10 lead. Borislava Hristova had 12 points in the first half and she helped the Cougars close the gap to six points with 3:12 left in the first half. But Recee’ Caldwell hit a three-point shot to end that WSU surge.

Cal outrebounded Washington State 28-9 -- including 14-2 on the offensive end -- in the first half, and they ended up outrebounding the Cougars 50-22 for the game. The Bears shot 50 percent from the field, and Kianna Smith (12 points) and Caldwell (11 points) also finished in double figures and combined to go 7-for-15 on three-point shots.

Hristova led the Cougars with 21 points.

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