Cal Women's Basketball: WNBA Rookie Kristine Anigwe Traded to Dallas Wings
The rookie season of former Cal star Kristine Anigwe has not been as productive as expected, but she may have a new opportunity in Dallas.
On Tuesday, the Connecticut Sun announced that it has traded Anigwe to the Dallas Wings in exchange for veteran big Theresa Plaisance.
Anigwe was the 10th overall pick in this year’s WNBA draft, but she did not get much chance to show what she could do with the Sun. Anigwe appeared in 17 games for Connecticut this season, averaging two points and 1.8 rebounds in just over seven minutes per game.
Wings general manager Greg Bibb said the Wings scouted Anigwe heavily ahead of the draft. The Wings ultimately selected Rookie of the Year candidate Arike Ogunbowale with the fifth overall pick. Now the Wings have two of the top 10 picks from the draft.
“This deal brings us a young and athletic post player who will fit well into Coach (Brian) Agler's system," Bibb said, according to CBSSports.com. "We believe Kristine is an elite rebounder with tremendous potential on both sides of the ball and we are excited for her to continue to develop her game as a member of the Wings organization."
"We coveted Kristine coming out of college,” Agler told the Dallas Morning News. “We considered drafting her. She was probably in two or three people we considered drafting. She's a natural rebounder and her offensive game has evolved since her freshman year in college to now."
Anigwe led the nation in rebounding at Cal last season, averaging 16.2 boards and 22.5 points per game.
The Wings hope to have Anigwe in uniform for Thursday’s game against Seattle.
Plaisance missed much of the 2018 season with an ACL injury and is averaging six points and 4.4 rebounds in 17 minutes per game this season.