No. 1 Baylor put the clamps on Cal star Kristine Anigwe and routed eighth-seeded Cal 102-63 on Monday night in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament in Waco, Texas.
Anigwe had her streak of 33 consecutive double-doubles halted by Baylor, which used its big frontcourt duo of 6-foot-7 Jalani Brown and 6-foot-4 Lauren Cox to limit Anigwe to 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting and five rebounds. She avoided a season low in points by just three, but she had recorded at least 10 rebounds in every previous game this season. She had recorded a double-double in every game this season before Monday.
"Kalani was tremendous on the defensive end because she was very disciplined," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I just told her the thing that will impress people the most tonight is can you guard [Anigwe], and I think she proved that she could."
Brown blocked five shots but finished with just eight points.
Foul trouble played a role in Anigwe's tough evening, as she picked up two fouls in the first seven minutes of the game and had four midway through the third quarter. But the presence of Cox and Brown was a bigger factor. It was a disappointing end to Anigwe's Cal career, although she became the Pac-12 single-season leader in scoring on Monday after becoming the conference single-season leader in rebounding in Saturday's victory over North Carolina.
"Nothing can really slow me down, but [with] the two fouls, I definitely had to adjust and play differently," Anigwe said. "Kalani, she's a really, really good player, and Lauren Cox is as well. Playing against them when I was in foul trouble was hard. I couldn't really be as active as I wanted to be."
The 39-point loss was the largest margin of defeat for Cal since losing to Baylor by 40 points two years ago on the same court in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
"Credit to Baylor. No shock. They're really, really good," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "We said as a game plan, to make their guards beat us. ... And their guards beat us."
Cal finishes the season with a 20-13 record, while Baylor (33-1) will advance to play South Carolina in the Sweet 16 on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.
Baylor has now won 25 games in a row and 39 straight on its home court. Baylor, which took control of the game in the second quarter, shot 54.7 percent from the field and outrebounded Cal 49-23.
Kianna Smith led Cal with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Guard Juicy Landrum had 20 points and seven assists for Baylor, and backcourt mate Chloe Jackson added 18 points and six assists.
Aside from Anigwe, Cal shot 50 percent from the field (19 for 38), but Baylor was able to get off 20 more field-goal attempts than Cal.
It was Cal's sixth straight loss to Baylor, including three in the NCAA Tournament
The game got away from Cal midway through the first half. Cal led 16-14 when Anigwe made her only field goal of the first half with 1:10 left in the opening quarter.
Baylor then outscored Cal 25-2 in a stretch that spanned the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second. Baylor shot 70.6 percent from the field in the second period and led by as many as 21 points before settling for a 46-27 halftime lead.
Anigwe was 1-for-11 from the field in the first half, finishing the half with just seven points and three rebounds. Chloe Jackson has 12 first-half points for Baylor.
Baylor increased it lead to 39 points in the third quarter and played most of the fourth quarter with its substitutes.