Cal Women's Basketball: Kristine Anigwe Set to Join Exclusive 2,000/1,000 Club

Kristine Anigwe (left) and teammate Asha Thomas.Photo courtesy of Mollie McClure (ThisisCalBasketball.com)

Cal senior needs 6 rebounds to become the 11th Bay Area Division I player - man or woman - to reach the milestone

Updated 12/16

Possibly as soon as Saturday, Cal senior Kristine Anigwe will reach 1,000 career rebounds to go with the 2,000 points she already has scored.

With 2,061 points and 994 rebounds, she needs just 6 rebounds to get there.

When that happens, the 6-foot-4 center/forward will join a very exclusive club among the Bay Area’s all-time great Division I basketball players.

Only 10 players — men or women — at Cal, Stanford, USF, Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara and San Jose State have managed to reach the 2,000/1,000 plateau.

Five of the 10 played for Stanford’s elite women’s program, and only two men qualify for the list.

Not included on the list is Bay Area native Courtney Paris, the former Piedmont High star who disappointed home fans when she opted to play at Oklahoma. Paris wound up with 2,729 points, 2,034 rebounds and an NCAA-record 112 consecutive double-doubles before completing her career in 2009.

Anigwe will get the chance to crack the plateau Saturday when the 13th-ranked Bears (9-0) return to action against top-ranked powerhouse UConn at Haas Pavilion. Tipoff is noon.

Here is the 10-player club that needs to make room for one more member (ranked in order of career points):

Douglas Taylor Photography, Pac-12

CHINEY OGWUMIKE, Stanford (2011-14): 2,737 points, 1,567 rebounds

A former high school national player of the year, she was a three-time All-American and two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year at Stanford. Ogwumike was part of three Final Four teams, including her senior season when the Cardinal was 33-4. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun, she was Rookie of the Year and has twice been an All-Star.

NNEKA OGWUMIKE, Stanford (2009-12): 2,491 points, 1,226 rebounds

Chiney’s older sister, Nneka was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school and led Stanford to four straight Final Fours. The No. 1 overall draft pick of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, Ogwumike was the 2012 Rookie of the Year and is a five-time All-Star. She was the league’s MVP in 2016, when she led the Sparks to the WNBA title and also was elected president of the players association.

MARY HILE, USF (1978-81): 2,324 points, 1,602 rebounds

The Dons’ all-time leading scorer (men or women), Hile was a finalist her senior season for the Wade Trophy, given to the nation’s best women’s player. She had her jersey No. 15 retired in 1981, was the first woman inducted int the USF Hall of Fame in 1986, and was put into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor in 2013. In between, she coached the Dons for 19 seasons, a role she shared with husband Bill Nepfel for 13 years. A two-time WCC Coach of the Year, she led her alma mater to three WCC titles and NCAA tournament bids.

COLLEEN GALLOWAY, Cal (1978-81): 2,320 points, 1,029 rebounds

The first woman to receive an athletic scholarship at Cal, Galloway also was the school’s first great women’s basketball player. She remains the leading scorer (men or women) at Cal, and had her jersey No. 13 retired. Later, she was social studies department chair at Moreau High School in Hayward, her alma mater. Galloway was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

ADAM KEEFE, Stanford (1989-92): 2,319 points, 1,117 rebounds

Keefe played on NCAA tournament teams as a freshman and a senior — the first two Stanford qualified for since 1942. He led the Cardinal to the 1991 NIT title, where he was named MVP. Keefe averaged 18.6 points and 9.0 rebounds over four seasons, leading the Cardinal to 82 victories and earning All-Pac-10 honors three times. He led the Pac-10 in rebounding three times, posted 25.3 points and 12.2 rebounds as a senior and was twice voted a second-team All-American. A first-round pick of the Atlanta Hawks, Keefe played nine NBA seasons.

Ashley Walker, left, and Colleen Galloway both had more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.Photos courtesy of Cal Athletics

ASHLEY WALKER, Cal (2006-09): 2,142 points, 1,117 rebounds

The only Cal player to record at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks, Walker posted 47 career double-doubles. She was a three-time All-Pac-12 first-team selection and led the conference in scoring at 19.8 points per game as a senior. She spent three seasons in the WNBA, then played professionally in Italy.

JAYNE APPEL, Stanford (2007-10): 2,125 points, 1,263 rebounds

A 6-foot-4 center and a native of Berkeley, Appel was a three-time All-Pac-12 player and the conference Player of the Year as a junior in 2009. A two-time State Farm Coaches All-American, she holds the Stanford record with 46 points in a game (vs. Iowa) and was named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010. That summer she won a gold medal at the FIBA World Championships. Appel was the fifth overall pick of the 2010 WNBA draft by San Antonio and became the first rookie in four seasons to make the All-Star game.

BILL CARTWRIGHT, USF (1976-79): 2,116 points, 1,137 rebounds

After scoring 53 points for Elk Grove High School against East Bay power Bishop O’Dowd in the Tournament of Champions, the 7-foot-1 center landed at USF, where he led the Dons to a 96-23 record over four seasons. The 1976-77 team began the season 29-0 before losing twice. He was a first-team All-American as a senior, when he averaged 24.7 points and 15.7 rebounds. Taken No. 3 by the New York Knicks in the 1979 NBA draft, Cartwright averaged 21.7 points as a rookie and was named to the All-Star game. But when the Knicks drafted Patrick Ewing, they sent Cartwright to Chicago, where he helped Michael Jordan’s Bulls win NBA titles in 1991, ’92 and ’93. Cartwright played 15 NBA seasons, averaging 13.2 points.

VAL WHITING, Stanford (1990-93): 2,077 points, 1,134 rebounds

A 6-foot-2 frontcourt player, Whiting helped Stanford reach three Final Fours and win two NCAA titles. She was twice the Pac-10 Player of the Year, twice an All-American and twice a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award. Whiting later played in both the American Basketball League and WNBA, then in Brazil, Israel and Italy.

NICOLE POWELL, Stanford (2001-04): 2,062 points, 1,143 rebounds

A four-time All-Pac-10 selection and the league’s Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004, the versatile forward posted six triple-doubles during her college career. She scored 37 points in a Pac-12 tournament game and had 17 assists in another. She was a three-time All-American and a three-time Naismith Award finalist. The No. 3 pick in the 2004 WNBA draft, she played 11 seasons in the league, then ended her playing days in Italy, Russia, Turkey and Spain. Powell is now in her second season as head coach at Grand Canyon University in her hometown of Phoenix, where she was named Arizona’s high school Player of the Century by the Arizona Republic.

Cover photo of Kristine Anigwe and teammate Asha Thomas courtesy of Mollie McClure (ThisisCalBasketball.com)

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