Cal senior Kristine Anigwe has been selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women's Player of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Monday morning.
The signficance of Anigwe's selection to this group is magnified by the fact that she is the only one of the 10 semifinalists who does not play for a ranked team. In fact, the nine others all play for a team ranked among the top 10 this week.
Typically these awards are reserved for players who play for highly ranked teams. The Bears have not been ranked since early January, but Anigwe's numbers are impossible to ignore.
Anigwe, who is also a contender for the 2019 Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden, Senior CLASS, Lisa Leslie, and Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year Awards, is in the midst of a record-setting senior season.
She leads the nation in rebounding at 16.4 rebounds per game, nearly three rebounds more than any other player in Division I basketball this season, male or female. Anigwe is also the only player in the country this year with a double-double in every game and has a streak of 30 consecutive double-doubles dating back to the end of last season, the fourth-longest double-double streak in Division I women's basketball hstory.
The 6-foot-4 Anigwe ranks sixth in the nation in scoring at 23.1 points per game and could become the first Division I basketball player in 20 years--male or female--to average at least 23 points and 16 rebounds per game in a season.
Her greatest performance came on Sunday, when she had 32 points and 30 rebounds in the win over Washington State. The 30 rebounds tied the Pac-12 record for rebounds in a single game, and she became the first Division I player since December 2002 to have at least 30 points and 30 rebounds in the same game.
Anigwe joins former Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike as the only players in conference history with over 2,500 career points and 1,300 career rebounds.
Cal plays Washington State on Thursday in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.
2019 Women's Citizen Naismith Trophy Semifinalists
Kristine Anigwe, Cal
Kalani Brown, Baylor
Napheesa Collier, UConn
Asia Durr, Louisville
Megan Gustafson, Iowa
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State
Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame
Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn
Alanna Smith, Stanford